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Philosophy & Religion Progarms

Buone Feste: How Italy Celebrates Christmas

Fred Plotkin, an expert on everything Italian, celebrates the festivities, food, and secular and religious traditions that make Christmas in Italy a magical month-long experience.

Date of event
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Crafting the Buddha's Image

The image of Buddha is one of the world's most recognized religious symbols, but its origins are shrouded in mystery. Art historian Rob DeCaroli delves into the history of figural art in India to examine its beginnings and its power. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Judaism in the Time of Jesus and Paul

In an absorbing day of illustrated lectures, archeologist Jodi Magness, an expert in early Judaism, examines a variety of aspects of Jewish belief in in Palestine and the Diaspora during the late Second Temple period (1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.).

Date of event
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The World of the Crusades: Holy War and Jihad

Historian Jennifer Paxton explores the origins of the Crusades, the complex relations between crusaders and their opponents, and their legacy for the modern world.

Date of event
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.