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"It’s Useful to Know" with Dr. Judith Weisenfeld

In this episode of It’s Useful to Know, Dr. Judith Weisenfeld talks about how the term “cult” describes power relations in a given social context – the ability to define religious insiders, to construct dangerous outsiders, and enforce social norms – that has often been racialized in U.S. history. Instead, in her own work, she uses the term “religio-racial” to describe movements in the early 20th century such as Father Divine’s Peace Mission and the Nation of Islam, which she explores in her award-winning book New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration (2017). 

 

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A Conversation with Claudine Michel

In a conversation with Eziaku Nwokocha, Claudine Michel will discuss how Vodou is not simply a religious tradition, but also a philosophy, a cultural orientation, and an ethical code of being in the world. The discussion will also include reflections on how Vodou has served as a mode of resistance and offers visions for newly imagined futures using its radical pedagogy. 

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Religion and the Public Conversation
African American
Diaspora
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"It’s Useful to Know" with Dr. Seth Perry

In this episode of It’s Useful to Know, Dr. Seth Perry talks about the variety of religions present in the United States at the time of the nation’s founding and why it’s complicated to claim that the nation has Christian origins. He also shares some of his current research on religion in the early national period, and he explains the connection between national identity and the stories we tell about ourselves.

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Religion and the Public Conversation with Natalie Avalos

Comparative Indigeneities Among Native and Tibetan Peoples

Graduate student in English Ingrid Norton will interview Prof. Natalie Avalos about her work in comparative indigeneities exploring urban Indian and Tibetan refugee religious life, healing historical trauma, and decolonial praxis. This event is part of CCSR's Religion and the Public Conversation series. The 2021-2022 theme is "Indigenous Traditions and Diaspora."

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"It’s Useful to Know" with Dr. Sarah Rivett

In this episode of It's Useful to Know, Dr. Sarah Rivett talks about how popular fictions about American history make some communities' experiences invisible, in this case indigenous communities. She also compares the symbolism of the Raven in Haida and Tlingit literature and Anglo-Christian literature.

 

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“It’s Useful to Know” with Dr. Jenny Wiley Legath

In this episode of “It's Useful to Know,” Dr. Jenny Wiley Legath talks about how carrying concealed weapons becomes a religious practice for some Americans, particularly white evangelical and Pentecostal Christians. She also discusses how concealed carry practices differ for men and women and what it means to think of these practices as religious.

 

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“It’s Useful to Know”: An Introduction

We’re excited to launch our first video series, “It’s Useful to Know,” in which Media Team members interview scholars about something they think the public ought to know. In this introduction, Dr. Jonathan Gold talks with Madeline Gambino about the inspiration for the series and what’s coming up.

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CCSR Launches New Project on Public-Facing Scholarship

CCSR’s Media Team provides students and scholars who work on religion a chance to learn and experiment with different forms of public engagement. We produce new resources and think together about the means and ends of public scholarship on religion. 

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Communications
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A Conversation with Martha Kaplan

Princeton University graduate student Ipsita Dey will interview Professor Kaplan about the role that the study of culture and religion plays in her research on water studies. Professor Kaplan's forthcoming book is Water Cultures: Fiji, New York and Singapore.  

This event is part of CCSR's Religion and the Public Conversation series. The 2021-2022 theme for this series is "Indigenous and Diaspora Traditions."

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Religion and the Public Conversation with Anthea Butler

Anthea Bulter, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, engages in conversation with Ph.D. Candidate William Stell.

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Religion and the Public Conversation
Christianity
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Race
Religion and the Public Conversation with Muhammad Qasim Zaman

How can the study of religion correct errors, raise new questions, and elevate the public discourse?

Professor Muhammad Qasim Zaman engages in conversation with doctoral candidate Rebecca Faulkner.

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Religion and the Public Conversation
Islam
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Religion and the Public Conversation with Elaine Pagels

How can the study of religion correct errors, raise new questions, and elevate the public discourse?
In this conversation, Princeton Religion Professor Elaine Pagels and Rabbi Ari Lamm, CEO of Bnai Zion, discuss what Christians and Jews should know about their own histories in order to understand one another better.

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Religion and the Public Conversation with Derrick Spires

Derrick Spires, Associate Professor of English at Cornell University, engages in conversation with Ph.D. Candidate Michael Baysa.

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Religion and the Public Conversation with Carolyn Rouse

How can the study of religion correct errors, raise new questions, and elevate the public discourse?

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Race
Religion and the Public Conversation with Eddie Glaude

Eddie Glaude, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Department of African American Studies,  engages in conversation with Ph.D. candidate Nyle Fort.

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Religion and the Public Conversation
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Public Life
Race
Texts
Spirits of Capitalism: The Annual Doll Lecture on Religion and Money

Daromir Rudnyckyj is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria. His research addresses globalization, money, religion, development, finance, and the state.

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Doll Lectures on Religion and Money
Economy
Islam
Money
Giving as a Lifelong Habit: Doll Interview on Religion and Money with Ann Fudge

David. W. Miller, Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative interviewed Ann Fudge on the topic of “Giving as a Lifelong Habit.” 

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The Generosity Equation: Religion, Social Influences, and Avenues to Giving

Doll Lecture on Religion and Money given by Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame.

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Humanism
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