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Guest Speaker: Naomi Koltun-Fromm

"Investing (in) Jerusalem: Sacred Stones, Cosmic Time and Salvation Narratives"

Naomi Koltun-Fromm

Thursday, February 26
2:30 PM pm

Location:
Hollings Special Collections Lecture Hall,
Thomas Cooper Library University of South Carolina

Sponsored by:
Jewish Studies Program
Department of Religious Studies
History Department

Naomi Koltun-Fromm received her BA in history from Barnard College in 1986, and her MA (1988) and PHD from Stanford in history and Jewish Studies in 1993. She spent severalyears during her graduate and post-graduate years in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University. Dr. Koltun-Fromm was Director of Jewish Studies at Tulane University for two years before joining the Haverford College faculty with her husband in a joint position in the Department of Religion. Professor Koltun-Fromm specializes in Late Ancient Jewish history, Jewish and Christian relations, religious polemics, comparative biblical exegesis, rabbinic culture and the Syriac speaking churches. She recently published a book, Hermeneutics of Holiness: Ancient Jewish and Christian Notions of Sexuality and Religious Community which traces the nexus of sexuality and holiness from the biblical texts into the fourth century rabbinic and patristic writings. Her present research focuses on the representation of Jerusalem in early Jewish, Christian and Muslim writings.

 




Guest Speaker: Hugh Urban

"Zorba the Buddha: Globalization, Late Capitalism and Postmodern Spirituality in the Osho Movement"

Hugh Urban

Monday, March 23
6:00 pm
Location: TBD

Hugh B. Urban is interested in the study of secrecy in religion, particularly in relation to questions of knowledge and power. Focusing primarily on the traditions of South Asia, he is author of Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics and Power in the Study of Religion (2003) and Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism (2006), among other books. He has a strong secondary interest in contemporary new religious movements, and has published articles on Heaven's Gate, Scientology and modern Western magic.

 







Recent Events:

2014 — March 18 — Alicia Ostriker Poetry Reading
Details of the Event
Co-sponsored by Office of the Provost Institute for Visiting Scholars Women’s & Gender Studies Program • Department of English Religious Studies • Jewish Studies • Jewish Community Center

2014 — January 14 / February 11 / March 18 — Beyond Bollywood Film Series
films by Nina Paley, Satyajit Ray, and Kim Longinotto
Co-sponsored by Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, Film and Media Studies Program, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Anthropology

2013 — October 8 / November 12 / November 14-15 — Beyond Bollywood Film Series
films by Musa Syeed and Mira Nair
Co-sponsored by Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, Film and Media Studies Program, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Anthropology

2013 — October 15 — Dr. Stephanie Mitchem, Chair, Religious Studies
"African American Women, Literature, and Spirituality"
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 8:39 pm — Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library

2013 — April 12-13 — Jonathan Leader, Ronald Hutton & Wendy Griffin
"Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes"

2012 — March 24 — ATOF Gospel Choir
A Touch of Faith Annual Black Alumni Reunion Concert
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM — Rutledge Chapel on the historic USC Horseshoe

2012 — March 11 — Guest Speaker: Gen Jampa
"Modern Buddhism: The Art of Peaceful Living"
Sunday, March 11, 2 pm - 3:30 pm — Columbia Museum of Art

2012 — February 8 — Power Lunch: The Socratic Method & Critical Thinking
Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year, James Cutsinger
Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 12:00-1:25p.m. — Hollings Special Collections Library, Thomas Cooper Library

2011— November 8 — Interfaith Panel on Living Simply
A Simple God: An Interfaith Panel on Living Simply
Tuesday, November 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m.—Green Quad Learning Center Room 102

2011— November 5 — USC History Center Mini-Conference
"Constructing Christianity"
Saturday, November 5, 9am—4pm—Close-Hipp Building (BA) 401

2011— October 17 — Interfaith Conference
LARCUM (Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Methodist) Bishops’ Dialoguee
"Immigration and Radical Hospitality"
Monday, October 17, 9am-5pm — Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

2011— October 4 — Prof. Dan Magiolow:
"A Slovak Anne Frank?: The Case of Kitty Weichherz"

Tuesday, October 4, 6:00pm — Rutledge Chapel, USC

2011— April 13— Ask an Atheist Panel
Sponsored by Pastafarians at the University of South Carolina.

2011— April 2 — Annual Gospel Music Workshop and A Touch of Faith Gospel Choir Reunion Concert (see details of events)

2011 — March 3 — Hasia Diner:
"Peddlers: A New World Jewish History"

Thursday, March 3, 6:30 p.m. —Preston College Seminar Room, USC





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