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Sponsored Events, 2008-2009

BTCI logo8th Annual International Bioethics Forum: "Sustainability"

April 23-24, 2009
BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTCI)
5445 East Cheryl Parkway
Madison, Wisconsin, USA 53711

Speakers include:

Jaimie P. Cloud, MA, President, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
Calvin B. DeWitt, Ph.D., Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
Lewis S. Gilbert, Ph.D., Associate Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
Regina Hauser, J.D., Executive Director, Oregon Natural Step Network
Mary Ann Lazarus, Senior Vice President, Sustainable Design Director, HOK
Robert Streiffer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medical History and Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison
Paul B. Thompson, Ph.D., Professor, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University

LISAR is sponsoring Discussion Section IB, "Models from the Faith Community -- Abrahamic Religions: Perspectives on Sustainability," with Professor Calvin DeWitt and others.

Thursday, April 23
11:00-12:15 PM

For more information, see the BTCI's Bioethics Forum Web site.

Sponsored by BTCI and numerous other contributors.

bar The Qur’an in the Enlightenment: Translations, Readings, and Impact

Ziad ElmarsafyZiad Elmarsafy

Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Related Literature
York University

Monday, April 27, 2009, 4:30 P.M.
The French House
633 N. Francis Street

Professor Elmarsafy's research illuminates neglected areas of Enlightenment studies: religion, the politics of translation, and the actual reception of the Qur’an in eighteenth-century France and England. His talk will be part of a lecture series hosted by the Center for the Humanities on "Enlightenment, francité and their ‘Others’ in the Eighteenth Century: Gender, Religion, and Race."


"Ancient Synagogues in the Land of Israel"

Jodi MagnessJodi Magness

Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 7:30 PM
AT & T Lounge, 106 The Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street, Madison



Over 100 synagogue buildings, dating from the first to seventh centuries C.E., have been discovered in ancient Palestine.  In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness surveys these buildings, focusing especially on the surprising pagan motifs that decorate some of them, and considering such questions as where and when the institution of the synagogue originated. The lecture brings together archaeology, art history, and religious studies in a study of a central institution of Judaism with important ramifications for early Christianity. 

Sponsored by the University Lectures Committee and the Department of Hebrew & Semitic Studies; co-sponsored by the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, the Religious Studies Program, and the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies.  


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