Philosophy & Religion Progarms
A Renaissance Christmas

Much of how we traditionally visualize of the story of Christ’s birth has been shaped by art created by three centuries of Italian masters. Early-Renaissance specialist Rocky Ruggiero examines some of these moving visual interpretations of the events that define the Christmas season by artists such as Giotto, Simone Martini, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, and Caravaggio. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Hasidism: Lifting the Veil of Obscurity

Rooted in 18th-century Poland, the pietistic movement of Hasidism swept Eastern Europe, was destroyed by World War II, and experienced a dynamic modern renaissance. Three co-authors of a comprehensive new book about the sect discuss their work in chronicling nearly four centuries of intellectual, religious, and social history.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Christianity’s Triumph: How Faith Conquered an Empire

How did a movement that began within a small group of illiterate day-laborers in a remote corner of the Roman Empire evolve into the dominant faith of the Western world? Bart Ehrman, a leading authority on early Christianity, the New Testament, and the life of Jesus, explores the religion’s amazing trajectory.

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.