The Religion and the Public Conversation project is an initiative begun in 2020. It aims to raise the level of the conversation around issues of religion in public discourse, bringing value to the scholarly community both here at Princeton and at large, and also the greater public.

This initiative includes both a series of public events (listed below) and a Media Team. These components fit together as the Media Team edits the recorded conversations into accessible audio and video media and posted for public and educational use on our website. The production of these materials will benefit the Media Team members pedagogically and professionally and benefit the public by providing accurate, current, and relevant content for discussions around religion today. 

Religion and the Public Conversation Events

NEW DATE: Trans Talmud: Religion and the Public Conversation with Max Strassfeld
Apr 16, 2024, 4:30 pm

Max Strassfeld is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Trans Talmud: Androgynes and Eunuchs in Rabbinic Literature, published in 2022 with the University of California Press, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Trans Talmud places eunuchs…

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Friend Center, 008
Islam and Antiblackness: Religion and the Public Conversation with Jonathan Brown
Apr 3, 2024, 5:00 pm

Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in…

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Friend Center, 008
Vodou en Vogue with Eziaku Nwokocha and Manbo Maude Evans
Oct 26, 2023, 4:30 pm

Eziaku Nwokocha is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami and the author of Vodou en Vogue: Fashioning Black Divinities in Haiti and the United States. Prof. Nwokocha and Vodou Manbo Maude Evans will be in conversation with CCSR Graduate Student Fellow Mélena Laudig. 

In Haitian…

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Friend Center, 008
Disability, Embodiment, and the Limits of Knowledge: Religion and the Public Conversation with Sarah Imhoff
Oct 4, 2023, 4:30 pm

Sarah Imhoff is Professor of Religious Studies and the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University Bloomington. She is the author most recently of The Lives of Jessie Sampter: Queer, Disabled, Zionist, which tells the story of an individual full of contradictions. Jessie Sampter (1883–1938) was best known for her 

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Friend Center, 008
The Sex Obsession: Religion and the Public Conversation with Janet Jakobsen
Sep 13, 2023, 4:30 pm

Religion is a force to be reckoned with in political debates over sex, but Janet Jakobsen decisively breaks with the common sense that religion and sex are the fixed binary of American political life. She instead follows the kaleidoscopic ways in which sexual politics are embedded in social relations of all kinds – not only the intimate…

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Friend Center, 008
Black Girls Fly: Ruminations on Religion, Race, and Technologies
Apr 10, 2023, 4:30 pm

LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant is Professor of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina, where she serves as the Director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Director for Black Culture and History. She will be in conversation with Princeton University Graduate Student Ariyanne Colston.

Whether investigating…

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Green Hall 0-S-6
Religion, the Secular, and Machines in Between
Mar 27, 2023, 4:30 pm

John Lardas Modern is Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College. He will be in conversation with CCSR Postdoctoral Fellow Suzanne van Geuns. His most recent book asks how the brain has become the locus of who we are. It takes us from Jonathan Edwards's imprint on…

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Green Hall 0-S-6
Medieval African Writing Technologies
Feb 16, 2023, 4:30 pm

Mehari Worku is a Ph.D. candidate at Catholic University of America and Wendy Laura Belcher is Professor, Department of Comparative Literature and Department for African American Studies at Princeton University. They are working together on the Princeton Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Egyptian Miracles of Mary Project, interpreting original…

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Green Hall 0-S-6
Human Morality in the Digital Age
Nov 29, 2022, 5:00 pm

Associate Professor of Psychology Molly Crockett studies how people learn and make decisions in social situations. Their lab's recent work focuses on moral cognition -- how people decide whether to help or harm, punish or forgive, trust or condemn -- in the digital age. 

They will be interviewed by CCSR Graduate Student Fellow…

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Green Hall 0-S-6