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Philosophy & Religion Progarms

The creativity of its artists and the pride and religious devotion of its citizens combined to make the civic landscape of Siena a true reflection of the city’s values. Early Renaissance specialist Rocky Ruggiero examines how art and architecture were also deployed as potent weapons in its rivalry with neighboring Florence as each city jostled for dominance in Tuscany. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Event date
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Can Stoicism’s guiding emphasis on emotional moderation and the importance of moral choices provide us with some guideposts for navigating today’s world? Classicist James Romm examines the philosophy transmitted by Seneca the Younger with an eye to whether we can benefit from borrowing his Stoic outlook.

Event date
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Centuries of myriad religious traditions are reflected in daily life on the Indian subcontinent. Graham Schweig, a professor of religion at Christopher Newport University, surveys the rich heritage of influences, practices, and philosophies that have shaped India’s spiritual history.

Event date
Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Historian John Ragosta examines whether Thomas Jefferson’s insistence on separation of church on state was essential to the early development of American religious freedom or if the concept, as critics claim, is a mid-20th century phenomenon.

Event date
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to experience Awaken, a unique exhibition that gathers spectacular objects of Buddhist art from across the centuries into a series of immersive spaces that trace a journey to spiritual enlightenment. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.