Andrew W. Mellon Seminars at CUNY

Andrew W. Mellon Seminars in the Humanities at The Center for the Humanities

presents:

Conversations in the Humanities

The Sacred

and The Secular

Spring 2009

Is Equality Secular?

WENDY BROWN

& JOAN WALLACH SCOTT

in Conversation

March 6th 2009, Friday

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Skylight Room (9100)

Two pioneering political and cultural theorists discuss the historic
tensions between western secularism

and gender equality. Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science at the
University of California – Berkeley.

Joan Wallach Scott is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for
Advanced Study. Moderated by Anthony Alessandrini,

Assistant Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

Power & Religion: Christian

Thought and American Politics

RANDAL BALMER, DOUGLAS KMIEC,

JOHN TORPEY

March 16th 2009, Monday

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Martin E. Segal Theatre

Join two prominent scholars of American civic life for a discussion about
the past and continuing influence of

religious thought on American politics. Featuring Randal Balmer, Professor
of Religious History at Columbia University,

and Douglas Kmiec, Professor of Constitutional Law at Pepperdine
University. John Torpey, Professor of Sociology

at the Graduate Center, will moderate.

Co-presented as part of the Great Issues Forum. For more information,
please visit www.greatissuesforum.org <http://www.greatissuesforum.org/>

What is Faith Today?

BRYAN TURNER & PHILIP GORSKI

in Conversation

March 26th 2009, Thursday

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Skylight Room (9100)

Two leading social scientific analysts of global religion discuss the
nature of religious faith today and

the prospects for better understanding of the ever-elusive problem of
religious faith in modern society. Bryan Turner

is Director of  the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies
at the University of Western Sydney.

Philip Gorski is a Professor of Sociology at Yale University. Moderated by
John Torpey, Professor of Sociology at

The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Is This a Secular Age?

BILL CONNOLLY,

SIMON CRITCHLEY &

HENT DE VRIES in Conversation

April 9th 2009, Thursday

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Elebash Recital Hall

Do we live in a secular age? What does it mean to say that we do? Join
Bill Connolly, Professor of Political

Science at Johns Hopkins University, Simon Critchley, Professor of
Philosophy at the New School University, and

Hent de Vries, Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, as
they discuss these and other questions.

Moderated by Jill Stauffer, Resident Mellon Fellow at the Center for the
Humanities.

Does the State

Rely on Sacred Violence?

PAUL KAHN & AUSTIN SARAT

in Conversation

May 11th 2009, Monday

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Skylight Room (9100)

Join two legal and political theorists as they examine religious threads
running through modern secular

philosophy, political theory, and the state itself. Paul Kahn is Director,
Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for

International Human Rights, Yale University. Austin Sarat is William
Nelson Cromwell Professor of

Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College. Moderated by Jill
Stauffer, Resident Mellon Fellow

at the Center for the Humanities.

All events take place at

The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue

(between 34th and 35th St)

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

NO RESERVATIONS.

For more information,

please call 212.817.2005

www.centerforthehumanitiesgc.org <http://www.centerforthehumanitiesgc.org/>

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