Philosophy & Religion Progarms
The Doctrine of Papal Infallibility

Papal infallibility is one of the most distinctive and least understood dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church—even among its members—and a divisive point between Catholics and other Christians. John Freymann traces its origins and development, placing it in historical context and drawing out its theological implications.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Love in World Religions: Comparative Religious Experiences

What do some of the great religious traditions of the world teach us today about the nature of love, that most powerful of human emotions? In this thoughtful daylong program, comparative religion scholar Graham M. Schweig explores and compares the expressions of perfect love found in the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions—as well as our modern ideas and experiences.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Meditation: From Monastery to Mobile App

Andy Puddicombe, co-creator of the Headspace app, traces how his own experience with meditation led to a quest to blend centuries-old practices with modern science and technology. The result: more than 10 million meditating users.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Thomas Becket: A Martyr for All Seasons

Historian Jennifer Paxton explores how the Archbishop of Canterbury fell afoul of his king for both personal and political reasons, and why his violent death turned him into the most important saint in Europe.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Iconography of Easter: Visions of Renaissance Masters

Giotto, Duccio, Piero della Francesca, da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Tintoretto each found inspiration in the biblical narratives that are central to Easter. Rocky Ruggiero, a Florence-based specialist in the Early Renaissance, follows the journey of Holy Week as depicted in two centuries of art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
From Shtetl to Synagogue: Jewish Heritage Sites in Eastern Europe

Journalist and author Ruth Ellen Gruber redraws the map of extraordinary Jewish places in the heartland of Central and Eastern Europe and reveals the remarkable vestiges of the rich and dynamic culture that flourished for centuries.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Paths to God: Heresy and Belief in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism

In this thought-provoking all-day program, investigate the idea of God and the rise of heresy as an issue within Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. What are the implications for today, an era both secular and fraught with contending religious beliefs?

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Jewish Heritage in New York City
All-Day Tour

Spend a fascinating day as you immerse yourself in the lives of immigrant families at the Tenement Museum and get an insightful overview of heritage, culture, and art at the Center for Jewish History, a Smithsonian affiliate organization.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture
4-Session Evening Course

Art historian Lawrence Butler highlights examples of Islamic art and architecture from the 7th century to today that embody its defining spiritual, luxury, and princely themes. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Wednesday, May 31 to June 21, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.