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Event Archive








Fall 2010 Programs

Guest Artist Recital: Latif Bolat
Thursday, October 7, 2010, at 7:30pm.
Latif Bolat
Ford Auditorium

Specializing in the ancient Turkish mystic-devotional music genre, Latif Bolat has been received with appreciation and enthusiasm throughout the world, as he provides a unique philosophy and approach to the performance of traditional music. By creating an intimate, almost “storytelling” atmosphere, he explains Turkish folk and mystic music and its sociopolitical and cultural elements.

Sponsored by the Interfaith Council and Department of Fine Arts.

*Cultural Event Credit*
Thursday, October 14th, 2010, at 5:00pm.
Jacqueline Westhead
Interfaith Center

Sound Body Wisdom emphasizes the art of awareness and the capacity to sense, feel and think; re-learning and integrating our physical, emotional and creative bodies. It is an experiential form that draws on the wisdom of the body in motion, awareness practices, creative expression, somatic-based therapies and life. This workshop is for anyone wanting to find new depth and freedom in their connection to self as well as the world around them. Participants will be led by the group, partnered and individual exercises in movement, breath, voice and witnessing to discover creative exchange, authentic expression and new pathways of experiencing daily life connected to cognitive and emotional patterns. We will explore the joy of play and the depths of reflection to support gentle movement beyond conditioned patterns, gathering new tools and insight into this practice.

Sponsored by the Interfaith Council

*Cultural Event Credit*
"How do I Know? The Bible Tells Me So": Living in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank of Palestine

Thursday, November 11th, 2010, at 11:00am.
Steve Bell

This is a presentation describing and analyzing Psychology Professor Steven Bell's research beginning in 2005, culminating with four months of living and working in the Occupied Territories known as the West Bank, Palestine this year. The talk will focus on the governmental, medical, military, educational, family, political, psychological, and religious issues in the West Bank. Bell, a reform Jew, was a president of the Rodeph Shalom in Rome, Georgia.

Sponsored by the Interfaith Council

*Cultural Event Credit*

Spring 2010 Programs

The Oxbridge Lecture Series: Wisdom and Compassion; The Way of the Bodhisattva in Tibetan Buddhism

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010, at 7:30pm.
Geshe Phende

Science Auditorium

In Tibetan Buddhism the practice of loving kindness towards all life is considered essential for the attainment of peace and the discovery of enlightenment. An individual who commits to a life of loving kindness is called a Bodhisattva, or "Being of Light." In this talk Geshe Phende, a Tibetan Buddhist Monk, will discuss the philosophical and practical dimensions of being a Bodhisattva in the modern world. His comments will take into account the political situation in Tibet and the work of his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

*Cultural Events Credit*

Sponsored by the Berry College Honors Program and the Office of the Provost.

Djembe Drums and Christian Ministry

Monday, February 15th, 2010, at 7:30pm.
Dr. Jerold King, Dr. Pamela Greene Orr and Linda Smith

Ford Auditorium

In this program three ministers from Rome's Mountain Top Ministries will discuss and demonstrate their innovative use of African Djembe Drumming music in Christian ministry. The program will discuss the origins and techniques of the Djembe drum in its African contexts and how it has come to be seen as one of the musical instruments referred to in Biblical Scripture as, "an unknown language" and a "help gift". And they will demonstrate how the Djembe is now used in praise and worship contexts in their own ministries.

*Cultural Events Credit*  

Stand with Haiti Concert

Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 7:00pm.
"Devidasa," "Sundari," "Jonah and Shawn," "The Jimmy Steel Band," "Man Date"

Ford Auditorium

Berry College presents a benefit concert in support of the relief efforts in Haiti. Admission is by donation, recommended $5.00, with all proceeds going to "Partners in Health." The concert will feature several performances by various bands and troupes ranging from world fusion to belly dance. 

Christian Compassion and Interfaith Dialogue: a Second Great Transformation

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010, at 7:00pm.
Professor David McKenzie
Main College Chapel, Berry College

Karen Armstrong and many other religion scholars identify the period 800-300BC as the "Axial Period" in global religious development, a time during which there was an expansion of the moral compass within religions to include respect for those of ethnic identities other than the identity traditionally associated with the particular faith. In this talk, I will argue that we are at the very beginning of a second great transformation, this time of a spiritual nature and particularly important within the Christian faith given its prominence as a religion. In this transformation, we have finally opened ourselves to the revelation of God beyond our religion as an act of humility and compassion that transcends the moral demand of respect for the traditions of others, and opens the possibility for genuine dialogue and interfaith commitment.

Cosponsored by Honors Program, Religion and Philosophy, Chaplain's Office
And Interfaith Council. 

The Oxbridge Lecture Series: The Age of Empathy; the Evolutionary Beginnings of Morality

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010, at 7:00pm.
Frans de Waal
Science Auditorium

Greed is out and empathy is in. In biology, the focus on genetic self-interest -- while not denied -- is increasingly replaced by one on empathy, cooperation, and fairness. Empathy can be found in many animals, and is probably as old as the mammals. Charles Darwin recognized already that “Many animals certainly sympathize with each other’s distress or danger.” Empathy has many levels, from basic perception-action mechanisms (probably related to mirror neurons) to ever greater cognitive elaborations that include perspective-taking. The basic forms exist in all mammals as they serve important survival functions for animals with vulnerable young.

*Cultural Events Credit*

Sponsored by the Berry College Honors Program, the Office of the Provost, and the Interfaith Council. 

Tabla and Tantra: Music, Ritual, and Spirituality in the Percussion Traditions of North India

Thursday, April 8th, 2010, at 5:00 p.m.
Gregg Johnson

Interfaith Council

A live performance event that will include a demonstration of the music of India in the context of the Guru-Shishya Parampara tradition as transmitted from Sri Ravi Bellare and Pandit Taranath Rao to Gregg Johnson in a course of intensive study from 1978 through 2005 in Los Angeles California and Bombay, India. The repertoire that will be presented will focus specifically on the recitation of Shlokas, Stuttis, and Bol Parans that represent a lineage of Hindustani religious practice and musical composition that has been carried through an oral tradition that spans a broad cultural and the historical time frame that can be traced to pre-Vedic origins. The research conducted by Sri Ravi Bellare in the study of the Natya Shastra and other ancient texts revealed that a profound practice of employing vocal recitation of poetry sets of complex table structures comprised a technique of Tantric worship that has been virtually forgotten with the modern Praxis of the classical music of India. This presentation will comprise the performance of several examples of these prayers and poems and an explication of the manner in which accompaniment is provided by the tabla and/or pakhawaj. The means by which each composition can be interpreted in the context of a Tantric practice will be aided by a literal English translation and an interpretation of the role of visualization and the Naik Bayd system. Mr. Johnson will endeavor to elucidate the domain of Hindu poetry as applied in the Farukabhad Gharana of tabla and pakhawaj and to provide insights into the background and development of this rich cultural tradition exemplified by devotion, faith and religious iconography.

*Cultural Events Credit*

Sponsored by the Interfaith Council

Beyond Our Differences

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010, at 7:00pm

Beyond Our Differences is an award-winning documentary on the value of interreligious dialogue and cooperation in the 21st century. Featuring interviews with several international religious leaders, politicians, activists, and scholars—including the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Karen Armstrong—the film presents a provocative examination of several religious issues that confront the world population today. Following the film there will be a discussion led by Drs. Like, McKenzie and Papazian.

*Cultural Events Credit*

Cosponsored by the Berry College Honors Program and the Interfaith Council

Tolstoy and Nonviolence: Reflections on Peace and Religion

Monday, April 19th, 2010, at 6:00pm
Tom Pynn
Interfaith Center

Leo Tolstoy has long been considered a leading figure in the development of both a life and philosophy of nonviolence as it intersects with religion. This presentation will focus on Tolstoy's philosophy of nonviolence as it relates to his understanding and practice of religion; specifically, his radical form of Christianity. The presentation will also cover aspects of the convergences of religion and peace as well as their divergences.

*Cultural Events Credit*

Sponsored by the Interfaith Council 

Fifth Annual Berry College World Music and Dance Festival

Saturday, May 1st, 2010, from 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Moon Lawn

With performances by: Sundari, Brennin, Sound Cymatic, Mirabai, Ogya, Amberetta, Groundhawgs, Devidasa, and other special guests.

Cosponsored by Student Association for an Interreligious Community, International Programs, Multicultural Affairs, OMA, Chaplain's Office, Amnesty International, and the Interfaith Council 

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