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Office location: Ladd Hall, 2nd Floor

Reginald S. Lilly, Professor of Philosophy

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Date:   Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008
Time:  8:00 PM  
Location:  Gannett Auditorium - Palamountain Hall
Speaker:  Dr. Julian Crandall Hollick will give a lecture entitled "Will Ganga Die?"

Julian Hollick, award winning producer and writer of radio documentaries for NPR, BBC, and CBC, and author of the 2008 book, "Ganga: A Journey Down the Ganges River," will discuss environmental and religious issues about the Ganges River in India.  Co-sponsored by Internal Affairs, Environmental Studies, Asian Studies and Religious Studies.


Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008
Time:  8:00 - 9:00
Location:  Bolton 280 - Palamountain Hall
Speaker:  Dr. David Haberman will give a lecture entitled "Faces of Trees in Banaras, India"

David Haberman is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University.  He will speak on the Banaras traditions of dressing up trees with face masks and discuss issues about animism, anthropomorphism, and the environment.  He is the author of Acting as a Way of Salvation: A Study of Ragana Bahakti Sadhana, Journey through the Twelve Forests: An Encounter with Krishna, The Bhaktirasamtasindhu of Rupa Gosvamin, and River of Love in an Age of Pollution: The Yamuna River of northern India (2006).  Co-sponsored by Philosophy and Religion, The First Year Experience and Asian Studies.


Date: Feb. 23, 2009
Time:  7:00 PM
Location: Emerson Auditorium-Palamountain Hall
Speaker: Dr. Zohar Raviv will give a lecture entitled "Love is Fierce as Death": Gravestones as the Landscape of Eros in Sixteenth Century Mysticism"

The Jewish mystics of Sixteenth century Safed (Palestine) are renowned for the elaborate, impassioned, and eroticized rituals they developed. While Judaism has continually focused on ritual practice, the Safed School kabbalists drew upon canonical Jewish texts and upon the kabbalah of the thirteenth century, and even more, on their own experience to innovate new rituals aimed at achieving spirit possession, prophecy, and ultimately at bringing the messianic age. The landscape of Safed was crucial to this. Thirteenth century mystical texts such as the Zohar were set in this landscape, and the man they considered its author was buried there. So their rituals were aimed at creating an intimate connection with this sacred textual landscape, and with those that lived there in the past. These rituals are distinct from others because of their overt eroticism, their focus on the landscape of Safed, and their performance on the gravestones of departed kabbalistic saints. Come to this talk to find out how sex with gravestones could save the world.


Informational Meeting for Religion Majors
: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Time:  7:30
Location:  Honors Forum Lounge, Ladd 3rd Floor

For those students interested in becoming a religion major or those who have recently declared.  A chance to get together and ask questions regarding the curriculum, what options will be available to them after graduation, talk with faculty and enjoy free pizza and beverages!


Philosophy-Religion Majors Commencement Party
Date:  Friday, May 15, 2009
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location:  Home of Professor Reg Lilly, 15 Granger St.  Saratoga Springs, NY

To make sure that we have a chance to meet parents, and congratulate all of our graduating seniors, the Department faculty hosts an annual Open House reception.  This year an hors d’oeuvre reception for students and their commencement guests will be held at the home of Professor Reg Lilly.  On behalf of the philosophy and religion faculty, please do come and let us help you celebrate this memorable occasion!