2006 – 2007

January 25

Jon D. Levenson, Lecture: “”The Conversion of Abraham to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam”,”
Victoria Hall in Santa Barbara
Co-presented with Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies at UCSB

Abraham is often described as the common father of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the three traditions that venerate his memory. Noted Harvard Professor of Jewish Studies, Jon D. Levenson argues that Abraham both separates and links the surviving Abrahamic religious communities and does so in interesting ways. (#11497)
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January 29

Wade Clark Roof, Lecture: “Gen Xers and How They Are Changing American Religion,”
St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Los Olivos

Born between 1962-1982, Gen-Xers grew up with computers, video games, and MTV. Who are they and what are their values, beliefs, and world views? Wade Clark Roof, Director of the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB explores how are they changing American religion and notions of spirituality. (#11504)
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February 1

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lecture and Book Signing: “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers,”
UCSB Campbell Hall
Co-presented with UCSB Arts & Lectures

With the publication of 1992’s In My Father’s House, Kwame Anthony Appiah claimed his place at the forefront of African-American literary and cultural studies. A professor of philosophy at Princeton, he discusses how Western intellectuals and leaders have exaggerated the power of difference while neglecting the power of commonality. (#11468)
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February 26

Taylor Branch, Lecture and Book Signing: “At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68,”
Victoria Hall, Santa Barbara

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Martin Luther King, Jr.,Taylor Branch explores America in the King years, 1965-68. Presented by the Walter H. Capps Center at UCSB. (#11464)
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March 19

Peter Steinfels, Martin E. Marty Lectureship on Religion in American Life: “The Secular, the Religious, and the Demands of Citizenship,”
Victoria Hall, Santa Barbara

What is properly secular and what is legitimately religious in American politics? Americans are uncertain and divided about those questions. Join Peter Steinfels as he explores these questions and contemplates the new demands on being an active citizen in a pluralist America. (#11756)
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