News & Upcoming Events: September 30, 2016

The Center for Global Islamic Studies presented its Fall 2016 Conference: Islam and Encounters with Secularism: Futural Openings on October 1, 2016, from 9:00am – 3:00pm in The Atrium – Ustler Hall.
The conference featured the following speakers:
Keynote speaker: Carrie Wickham, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Emory UniversityHer talk is entitledHumanist Islam as a Catalyst of Democratic Transformation: Some Preliminary Reflections on the Tunisian Case.” PanelistsOvamir Anjum, Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Toledo; Anouar Majid, Director of the Center for Global Humanities, University of New England; Cecelia Lynch, Professor of Political Science, University of California, IrvineBadredine Arfi, Professor of Political Science, University of Florida; and Tamir Sorek, Professor of Sociology, University of Florida. Discussant: Bruce Lawrence, Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor Emeritus of Religion, Duke University.
The conference was co-sponsored by the UF Office of Research, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Yulee Fund, the Raymond and Miriam Ehrlich Chair in the Department of the Political Science, the Department of Political Science, and the Center for European Studies.

The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (Department of Religion) will be presenting on Native Peoples’ Recognition Day at UF with the Screening of the Film, “The Seventh Fire” on October 10, 2016, at 4:05pm. Place: MCCB G086. “The Seventh Fire” explores the Native American gang crisis and the urgent need for criminal justice reform.
“The Seventh Fire” premiered to critical acclaim at the Berlin International Film Festival and was recently featured at a special screening at the White House as part of President Obama’s campaign to pass criminal justice reform. Seminole activist David Narcomey will present the film and discuss other, current native issues.

Professor Richard Madsen (Sociology, UC San Diego), one of the most eminent sociologists and scholars of religion in the US, will give a Delton Scudder Public Lecture. This event is sponsored by the Religion Department, and is organized by Professor Mario Poceski (contact person).
Topic: How Christianities became Chinese Religions
Time: October 27, 2016, starting at 5:00 pm
Venue: 219 Dauer Hall