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2022-2023 Events


Dr. Anoush Tamar Suni, Northwestern University 
Tuesday, February 28 at 12pm 

Dr. Elayne Oliphant, New York University
The Privilege of Being Banal: Art, Secularism, and Catholicism in Paris 
Wednesday, February 15 at 4pm

Film Screening at AAR, Friday, November 18, 8:00pm

We are excited to be sponsoring a film screening and panel at the American Academy of Religion 2022 annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. See below for details. 

Pilgrimage to Magdalena/Peregrinaje a Magdalena (Border Community Alliance, 2021)
Convention Center-Mile High 4A (Lower Level)
Seth Schermerhorn, Hamilton College, Presiding

This award-winning 30-minute film documents the contemporary pilgrimage to Magdalena de Kino in modern-day Sonora, Mexico, honoring Father Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645 –1711), who worked for 24 years in the Pimería Alta region, a region now divided by the US/Mexico border. This film explores the diversity of pilgrims—from the US, from Mexico, and from indigenous lands such as that of the Tohono Oʼodham—and the diversity of their practices and beliefs in relation to this important ritual. Produced by the Tubac, Arizona-based nonprofit Border Community Alliance, the film emphasizes what one participant calls “an eye-opening experience” of the pilgrimage and the fiesta at Magdalena—the sense of community “coming together as one” despite and through this diversity of identity, history, and nationality. The producers of the documentary, a scholar of indigenous religious traditions, and a Tohono O’odham elder will offer reflections on this pilgrimage as a model of community and respond to questions after the film, moderated by Spencer Dew and Elizabeth Shakman Hurd.

Jerry Haas, Border Community Alliance
Alex La Pierre, Borderlandia 
Seth Schermerhorn, Hamilton College
Magda Mankel, University of Maryland
Regina Siquieros, Tohono O'odham Nation

Spencer Dew, Ohio State University
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University


Dr. Jeremy Walton, University of Rijeka, Croatia 
What is a Mosque? On the Tribulations of Religious Heritage across the Balkans
Monday, November 14 at 12pm 
Scott Hall 107