Prof. Souleymane Bachir Diagne: “What is African Philosophy? The discussion of Orality and Islamic Thought in Francophone Africa”

May 28, 2012

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is Professor of French at Columbia University. Diagne’s visit coincides with the introduction of a new religion department course entitled “Islamic Africa” in which students will have the opportunity to engage this scholar on his cutting-edge research in the literatures and cultures of the Muslim Sahel.

In addition to being the author of numerous critically-acclaimed works on topics ranging from the writings of Leopold Senghor to the Arabic manuscripts of Timbuktu, Diagne is also the parent of a member of Carleton’s class of 2012. This event is sponsored by the Religion, Philosophy, French, AF/AFAM Departments and the Dean of the College Office.

Symposium on Sephardic Cultures and Legacies

May 15, 2012

Symposium on Sephardic Cultures and Legacies, led by Hazzan Isaac Azose.

Barbour Lecture: “The Denial of a Diminished Planet: The Challenge to Science and to Religion”

May 1, 2012

Larry L. Rasmussen is the guest lecturer honoring Carleton’s Ian Barbour, Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Emeritus.

A brief synopsis of his discussion: He will contend that while, on the one hand, there is growing recognition of a planetary ecological crisis, on the other there is widespread denial that the chief underlying reasons (the industrial paradigm, now global capitalism, and unprecedented human population) must be addressed in ways that fundamentally call them into question.

This poses basic challenges both to modern science and to religion — which he expands upon during his talk.

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A Demonstration and Conversation with artist Anit Chaitya Vangad of Ganjad Village, India

September 27, 2011

To this day, Warli communities in the forested areas north of Mumbai continue to live according to the traditional practices and philosophies of their ancestros, struggling to strike a sustainable balance as forest-dwellers in a rapidly industrializing society. It is only in recent years that the mainstream art world in India has begun to take notice of their extraordinary folk paintings, bringing them out of their village-based ritual, domestic, and decorative contexts to a broader audience throughout India.

The art and life of the Warlis remain virtually unknown in the United States. Master artist Anil Chaitya Vangad will speak of his life in a traditional Warli family compound, the philosophy and cosmology that are unique to his community, and his paintings, which virtuosically celebrate the divine balance between humans and the natural world.

This event will provide a rare opportunity for Twin Cities audiences to encounter this extraordinary artist and hear about his traditional, sustainable way of life. Anil Chaitya Vangad hails from the village of Ganjad in western India, the third generation in a family of Warli artists. Since 1991, his work has been exhibited throughout India at prominent galleries and through prestigious mural commissions.