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Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Francis J. Ambrosio of Georgetown University examines the origins, themes, and influences of the cultural and philosophical movement that grew out of—and helped define—the 20th century.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Ori Soltes, Goldman professorial lecturer in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, considers how Maimonides (1135–1204) and Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225–74)—two giants of theology—offer parallel yet unique visions and how their thought is remarkably relevant to life in the 21st century.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Amy Leonard, associate professor in the department of history at Georgetown University, discusses the myths and realities of the Spanish Inquisition, from its inception in the 15th century as a heresy court to monitor the Moorish and Jewish converts to Christianity to its part in the “Black Legend” of Spanish imperial history.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Food and travel writer Monica Bhide leads you through the temples, mosques, and gurudwaras of India’s most prominent religions by way of their sacred foods. Then, enjoy a buffet reception prepared by Indique in Cleveland Park.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The deities of ancient Greece and Rome held sway over followers who gathered in secret societies organized in their honor. Classicist Frederick Winter examines the rites and beliefs of several of the major cults, and finds echoes of these pagan groups in another once-secret group of worshippers: early Christians.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Religious traditions play fundamental roles in shaping both cultures and individual lives. Guided by specialists, gain insights into the distinctions—and some of the similarities—that define seven major systems of belief.

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