A community reception will take place on Friday, April 3 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Buttrick Hall Atrium. We invite all CSRC students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to gather to celebrate the CSRC's six-year history, and to recognize all who helped make it a rewarding and productive enterprise.
On Saturday, April 4 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Buttrick Hall Room 123. graduate and professional students who have participated in CSRC programs, including CSRC graduate fellows, summer research fellows, and project assistants, will present recent work in religion and culture at a graduate symposium. Faculty and friends are invited to attend. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
On April 16-25, the CSRC co-sponsors the play Three Gods Walk Into a Bar at the Belcourt Theater. The farcical comedy asks the question "What happens to old gods when no one believes in them anymore?", and looks at one of the most radical shifts in Western civilization and philosophy -- Christianity. For more information, see the Belcourt's website.
On Monday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Room Divinity School, the CSRC and Vanderbilt Divinity School will present the annual Howard Harrod Lecture. This year’s lecture features Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Anthropology Department Professor Tom D. Dillehay.
The lecture, titled "Ontology, Scale, and Time: Inferring the Origins of Andean Religion and its Practice," will address the question of how the origins of religious and ideological practices in ancient civilizations without writing systems are studied and inferred. The empirical and ontological bases of inferred religious and ritual practices are discussed primarily for the Andean region and related to death and funerals, political organization, and kinship geographies. Dr. Dillehay will also consider the different scales of empirical and temporal evidence required to approach this topic.
The lecture will be followed by a reception in Tillett Lounge.