Philosophy & Religion Progarms
The Dead Sea Scrolls: What 70 Years Have Told Us

Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Gary Rendsburg examines the discovery of these precious documents, what they tell us about their authors and the era in which they were created, the controversies surrounding them, and their influence on the development of ancient Judaism and early Christianity.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
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.