01 Mar 2017


Angry Subjects: In/Civility, Christian Nationalism, and the Paranoid Position in an Age of Trump

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 5:00pm
602 CL, Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh Department of Religious Studies

In her now-classic 1981 essay “The Uses of Anger,” Audre Lorde commends anger as a force that allows us to attend to histories of structural oppression. In particular, she urges women of color to name and speak their anger aloud and challenges white feminists to hear it without getting defensive. Meeting Lorde’s charge—to tarry with anger—remains no less urgent and no less discomforting today than it was when she issued her call in 1981. A call to and for anger may even seem counter-intuitive and counter-productive in the age of Trump.

01 Mar 2017


Workshop with Ann Pellegrini on “What’s Wrong with Tolerance,” chapter 2 of her Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 12:00pm
602 CL, Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh Department of Religious Studies

Come join Ann Pellegrini for a workshop on the second chapter of her book Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance. For a PDF of the readings contact Rachel Kranson at kranson@pitt.edu. Readings are also available at religiousstudies.pitt.edu.

15 Feb 2017


Zaytuna College Lecture Series presents Dr. Abdullah Ali

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Zaytuna College Campus, 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA or Join virtually: zaytuna.edu/LS
Sponsored By: 
The Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union

Join Dr. Abdullah Ali as he lectures on the concept of Blackness in the Islamic Tradition. His lecture will be followed by a moderated conversation with special guest Kristin George from the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley.

Join virtually: zaytuna.edu/LS

11 Feb 2017


The African American Muslim Journey

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 2:00pm
MACE Islamic Center, 26901 Chardon Road, Richmond Hts., OH 44143
Sponsored By: 
Muslim Association of Cleveland East

MACE Islamic Center is honored to be hosting its second annual conference celebrating The African American Muslim Journey. We are excited to be welcoming renowned scholar and dedicated community leader, Dr. Ihsan Bagby, our keynote speaker, along with other vital members of our community such as Shaykh Musa Sugapong, Imam Abbas and Dr. Nafissa Abdur Rasheed. Please join us in celebrating the inspiring legacy and the vital presence of the African American Muslims in our community.

humkhan85@yahoo.com, muhammadasamad@gmail.com, aishamad@gmail.com

10 Feb 2017


How to Misunderstand Central Asian Islam (and How to Do Better)

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:00pm
4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)

Morgan Liu is a cultural anthropologist studying Islamic knowledge and practice in post-Soviet Central Asia, focusing on Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. He is interested in ethnographic approaches to the state, postsocialism, space, and agency. Liu takes a comparative look at notions of just society across the Middle East, Russia, and Asia.


12 Feb 2017


Compassion and Relationships

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102
Sponsored By: 
Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition

Compassion and love are lofty ideas, but how do people of faith live these values in everyday relationships? On Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m., an interfaith panel of religious leaders will explore “Compassion and Relationships” in the final installment of the Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition’s series of conversations on compassion.

People of every faith tradition are invited to attend the discussion, hosted by Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road in Bethel Park.

The four panelists represent diverse faith traditions:

07 Feb 2017


Trump’s Foreign Policy Positions on Palestine and the Middle East

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20037, United States
Sponsored By: 
The Jerusalem Fund For Education & Community Development

As we begin 2017 with a new presidential administration, so we begin a critical year of major markers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are many questions about the foreign policy positions president-elect Donald Trump will assume and take with regard to the Middle East and Palestine. Trump has already declared he will move the U.S.

24 Mar 2017


CERIS Educators Book Discussion

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
4127 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, 230 South Bouquet Street, PIttsburgh, PAS
Sponsored By: 

CERIS member institutions and K-12 educators are invited to participate in conversation over dinner and a book discussion on Thomas Jefferson's Quran, Islam and the Founders, on Friday, March 24th at the University of Pittsburgh. The discussion will be led by Patrick Hughes, Instructor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

There are 20 free copies for participating educators. The Carnegie Library has 8 copies of the book in their system.

You can participate in person or via teleconference.

5:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM - 8 PM Book Discussion

Elaine Linn, eel58@pitt.edu

15 Mar 2017


Salvation: Atonement and Intercession in Christian and Islamic Thought

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:00pm
College Hall 104, Duquesne University
Sponsored By: 
Consortium for Christian–Muslim Dialogue

On Wednesday, 15 March 2017, at 4:00 p.m., Dr. Siavash Asadi (Imam Sadeq University, Tehran) will reflect on Salvation: Atonement and Intercession in Christian & Islamic Thought.

Dr. Asadi is a visiting scholar at Duquesne University, conducting research with the Consortium for Christian–Muslim Dialogue.

His talk, hosted by the Theology Department, will take place in 104 College Hall, on Duquesne’s campus.


12 Jan 2017


The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction, Reading and Discussion with the Author

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Asian Studies Center and Center for Russian and East European Studies

Come join James Milward, Professor of History at Georgetown University, for an open discussion about his book "The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction." Participants will be responsible for acquiring the book themselves.



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