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October 22, 2004

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God and Government
Tuesday, October 26
“God and Government: Religion in the 2004 Presidential Campaign” will be the subject of a panel discussion in the New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall, October 26 at 4 pm. In explaining the significance of this discussion, Andrea Ayvazian, the College’s Protestant chaplain, pointed to the liberal use of references to God in the election and the large role organized religion seems to be playing in the presidential race. “How and why,” she asked, “has this intersection between religion and politics become so overt?”

Ayvazian will moderate the discussion among the panelists, all Mount Holyoke faculty and staff: Joan Cocks, Lisa Freitag-Keshet, Jim Hartley, and Sohail Hashmi. Cocks, a political philosopher, is chair of the program on critical social thought. Freitag-Keshet is a rabbi and College chaplain. Hartley and Hashmi are, respectively, professors of economics and of international relations. Hartley is chair of the Five College Round Table on Spirit and the Academy, while Hashmi has written extensively on the politics of Islam. Among the questions the panel will address are: How separate are church and state? What has become of religious pluralism in the United States? Will religion decide the election?

John Lax Memorial Lecture
Thursday, October 28
Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, will deliver the twenty-second John Lax Memorial Lecture. His talk, “After History: Archiving, Experiencing, and Destroying the Past,” will take place Thursday, October 28, at 4:30 pm in the New York Room in Mary Woolley Hall.

Considered one of the most influential scholars in Asian studies, Chakrabarty is known for his work in modern South Asian history and historiography, postcolonial theory and its impact on how history is written, and comparative questions and politics of modernity. He has published numerous essays and reviews and has addressed conferences throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and South Asia. He is a founding member of the series Subaltern Studies, coeditor of Critical Inquiry, and a founding editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies. He has also served on the editorial committee of Public Culture and the American Historical Review. Chakrabarty received his B.Sc. from Calcutta University and his Ph.D. from Australian National University.

Black Dean: Leading for Social Justice
Sunday, October 31
Jonathan D. Jansen, dean of education and professor of curriculum studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, will give a talk, titled “Black Dean: Leading for Social Justice,” Sunday, October 31, at 7 pm in the New York Room in Mary Woolley Hall.

Jansen’s current research focuses on the study of mergers and restructuring in higher education, school improvement studies, comparative studies of multicultural classrooms, the state and intellectuals after apartheid, and the politics of education policy in South Africa. He is the author of Knowledge and Power in South Africa (1991) and Changing Curriculum: Studies on Outcomes-Based Education in South Africa (1999). In 2000–2001, Jansen received a Fulbright Senior Africa Research Scholar Award. He serves on the boards of various NGOs and is both editor and editorial board member for numerous national and international journals. Jansen’s lecture is sponsored by the psychology and education department.

 

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