Upcoming Events

Identity Politics in Ancient Israel

From Noah’s sons to Lot’s daughters, some biblical stories can seem rather bizarre to us reading them today.  Professor Shawna Dolansky will take us on a quick tour through the book of Genesis, with an eye toward revealing what these less well-known stories might tell us about their authors’ concerns with identity politics in their larger Syro-Canaanite environment.
Soloway Jewish Community Center, Social Hall A
Sunday March 29 at 10:30 a.m. – no registration required, free and open to the public


Reading Genesis

The book of Genesis contains some of the most foundational narratives recorded by the people of ancient Israel. In a seminar-style roundtable discussion, Shawna Dolansky will guide the class in literary and historical considerations of the core ideas, principles, values, hopes, and fears of the people who produced this book against the background of other ancient Near Eastern texts and histories. *Please note: as there will be no formal lectures, regrettably this course will NOT be available as a video recording for those unable to attend in person.  Registration information available here.

Tuesdays 10:00-11:30, April 21 to May 26 at the Soloway JCC.


Learning in Retirement – A Taste of the Humanities

The Bachelor of Humanities is a four-year interdisciplinary tour of great ideas that shaped our world.  Drawing from the expertise of faculty in Religion, Philosophy, Art History, Music, Political Science, Anthropology, English, and other Carleton programs, students in the B. Hums. explore the texts, images, sounds, emotions, and intellectual leaps that make up the historical legacy of human attempts to capture truth and meaning.  Our students become culturally literate and well-educated global citizens, able to read, write, analyse and discuss ideas at a high level.  Team-taught by faculty from the Humanities program, this LIR course offers a taste of a Humanities degree for the intellectually curious.  Registration info available here.

Fridays 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mar 13 through April 27, 2020.


Learning in Retirement – World Religions

This course surveys major world religions, focusing on a different tradition each week.  Different lecturers from Carleton’s Religion program will each speak to their own areas of expertise.  The series begins with an introduction to the academic study of religion, followed by an overview of Indigenous traditions.  Next we will move through the origins and historical developments of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, featuring faculty areas of specialization in each of these traditions.  From here, the course will look at the origins of religion in India and China and focus on the development of Hinduism and various forms of Buddhism. Registration info available here.

Fridays 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov 1 through Dec 6, 2019.


Exodus: Myth or History?

The Bible commands its readers to tell their children the story of the Exodus; but biblical scholarship and archaeology of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have increasingly cast doubt on the fact that the Exodus actually happened historically.  This lecture reviews the biblical story in light of the archaeological evidence – or lack thereof – reflecting on how to answer the question of whether these foundational events of Israel actually occurred.

Thursday Jan 30, 2020 7:00-8:30pm, Glebe Community Centre, Ottawa


Other “Upcoming Events” will be posted as they’re booked – please check back!