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Calendar of Events 2016-2017

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September 18, 2017

Workshop with Lucinda Ramberg on excerpts from her Given to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion

12:00p, 602 CL, Humanities Center
Open to faculty and graduate students. PDF of advanced reading 1. PDF of advanced reading 2.

Part of the Religious Studies "Queering Religion" Series. Cosponsored by the Provost's Year of the Humanities, Humanities Center, University Honors College, Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council, Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, and Programs in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies and Jewish Studies. Contact Jeanette Jouili

September 18, 2017

Who and What is Sex for? Notes on Theogamy and the Sexuality of Religion

Lucinda E.G. Ramberg, associate professor of Anthropology and Program in Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Cornell University

5:00p, 602 CL, Humanities Center

Lucinda Ramberg is a medical and sociocultural anthropologist and interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of several fields including feminist, postcolonial and queer theories; religion and secularism; medicine and the body; and South Asia. In addition to her award-winning Given to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion (2014), Dr. Ramberg is coeditor of Conjugality and Beyond: Sexual Economy, State Regulation and the Marital Form in India with Srimati Basu (2015). She is currently researching a book on "We Were Always Buddhist: Dalit Conversion and Sexual Modernity."

Part of the Religious Studies "Queering Religion" Series. Cosponsored by the Provost's Year of the Humanities, Humanities Center, University Honors College, Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council, Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, and Programs in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies and Jewish Studies. Contact Jeanette Jouili

September 25, 2017

Neuroethics of Implantable Brain Stimulation Devices

PROGRAM

8:30a-3:00p, University Club

Keynote lecture:

Implanted: Brain Stimulation Devices: Ethical, Legal, and practical issues

Hank Greely, JD, director, Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences; director, Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society; co-chair, Neuroethics Division of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group

Invasive brain stimulation devices have great, and to some extent, already demonstrated potential, but, like all technologies, they come with a set of challenges. This talk will talk about ethical challenges arising from the relationship between the patients, doctors, and companies; the impact such technology may have on our sense of being human and being the source of our individuality; the legal issues arising from possible unintended effects of invasive brain stimulation; and practical issues, ranging from FDA and reimbursement considerations to public fears. It will also try to situate this technology, and the issues it raises, in relation to similar emerging neurotechnologies.

Cosponsor with the University of Pittsburgh Brain Center, Center for Philosophy of Science, Center for Bioethics & Health Law; Humanities Center; Pitt Law; Pitt Medicine; Medical Humanities; PIND; Honors Cllege, and CMU Center for Ethics & Policy

October
November 30, 2017

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

Ann Pellegrini, professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis and director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, New York University

6:00p, venue TBA

Ann Pellegrini is professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis and director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. In addition to her ground-breaking Love and Sin with Janet Jakobsen (2003, 2004), Dr. Pellegrini is author of Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (1997); coauthor of “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico (2013); coeditor of Secularisms with Janet Jakobsen (2008) and Queer Theory and the Jewish Question with Daniel Boyarin and Daniel Itzkovitz (2003). Dr. Pellegrini coedits the Sexual Cultures Series (NYU Press) and is currently completing a book on “queer structures of religious feeling.”

Part of the Religious Studies "Queering Religion" Series. Cosponsored by the Provost's Year of the Humanities, Humanities Center, University Honors College, Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council, Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, and Programs in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies and Jewish Studies. Contact Rachel Kranson

December 1, 2017

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

12:00 Noon, 602 CL, Humanities Center
Open to faculty and graduate students. Download PDF of advanced readings here.

Ann Pellegrini is professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis and director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. In addition to her ground-breaking Love and Sin with Janet Jakobsen (2003, 2004), Dr. Pellegrini is author of Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (1997); coauthor of “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico (2013); coeditor of Secularisms with Janet Jakobsen (2008) and Queer Theory and the Jewish Question with Daniel Boyarin and Daniel Itzkovitz (2003). Dr. Pellegrini coedits the Sexual Cultures Series (NYU Press) and is currently completing a book on “queer structures of religious feeling.”

Part of the Religious Studies "Queering Religion" Series. Cosponsored by the Provost's Year of the Humanities, Humanities Center, University Honors College, Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council, Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, and Programs in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies and Jewish Studies. Contact Rachel Kranson

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