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Religious Studies Event Series

Each year the Department of Religious Studies brings noteworthy speakers to Richmond to present lectures. All events are free and open to the public. Please contact Carolyn Smart-Harris for questions, directions, or complete details.

Liquid Scripture: The Bible in a Digital World
Tues., Feb. 21, 4 p.m.
Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 348
The Department of Religious Studies and the Office of the Chaplaincy are pleased to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Siker, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Siker will lead a roundtable discussion of his forthcoming book, Liquid Scripture. The book examines the tensions between Scripture–understood by Jews and Christians as the eternal and unchanging word of God– and the digital age, which is ever changing and transient.

This event is free and open to the public. To participate, email Carolyn Smart-Harris to receive an advance copy of the excerpt of the book that will form the basis of the roundtable discussion.

Not Your Farmer’s Almanac: Navigating Life and Death in Early America
Dr. T.J. Tomlin, Northern Colorado University
Tues., Oct. 18, 5 p.m.
International Center Commons, Carol Weinstein International Center

Other than the Bible, almanacs were the most widely distributed and read source in early American history. They were calendars filled with astrology, medical advice, poetry, and a remarkable assortment of essays and other material. Printed and sold annually, almanacs were a regular part of most people’s lives. Benjamin Franklin authored and published one. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson used them. But so too did the overwhelming majority of colonists whose names have been forgotten.

Historian T.J. Tomlin, author of A Divinity for All Persuasions: Almanacs and Early American Religious Life (Oxford University Press, 2014), will explain how early America’s bestselling genre played a crucial role in shaping answers to the biggest and smallest questions of everyday life in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Spiritual Subjects: Central Asian Pilgrims in the Late Ottoman Empire
Dr. Lale Can, Assistant Professor of History, The City College of New York, CUNY
Tues., Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m.
Carole Weinstein International Center Commons, International Center Commons

Dr. Lale Can, is a specialist in Ottoman and Middle East history. Her current research considers the impact of European legal imperialism, pan-Islamic politics, and Ottoman citizenship reform on Muslim colonial subjects in Ottoman lands.