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Religious & Spiritual Life

Chaplain's Book Club

The location for the discussion, unless otherwise noted is the 1864 Room in the Driscoll Center, North.  You are welcome to bring your lunch!

AYAD AKHTAR'S DISGRACED:  A PLAY

Tuesday, April 4 at noon

Disgraced

Just in time to dovetail with DCPA's production of Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, we will offer an opportunity to discuss this "Breathtaking, raw and blistering"(AP) story.

Amir has spent his adulthood downplaying his upbringing to build the perfect life. But as a high-profile court case and his wife's Islamic-inspired art show reveal just how little his culture is understood by the people around him, their misconceptions become too much to bear. The expectation to be true to yourself and to fit into mainstream society collide in this 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

The play can be downloaded for free here.

Prof. Andrea Stanton of Religious Studies will co-facilitate.

Douglas & Rhonda Jacobsen's No Longer Invisible

Tuesday, May 9 at noon

No Longer Invisible

No Long Invisible:  Religion in Higher Education

Drawing on conversations with hundreds of professors, co-curricular educators, administrators, and students from institutions spanning the entire spectrum of American colleges and universities, the Jacobsens illustrate how religion is constructively intertwined with the work of higher education in the twenty-first century. No Longer Invisible documents how, after decades when religion was marginalized, colleges and universities are re-engaging matters of faith-an educational development that is both positive and necessary.

Religion in contemporary American life is now incredibly complex, with religious pluralism on the rise and the categories of "religious" and "secular" often blending together in a dizzying array of lifestyles and beliefs. Using the categories of historic religion, public religion, and personal religion, No Longer Invisible offers a new framework for understanding this emerging religious terrain, a framework that can help colleges and universities-and the students who attend them-interact with religion more effectively.

 

Past Book Discussions (MP3)

By clicking on a title, you can listen to the discussion on-line.  To download it to enjoy later, right-click!