Critical Theory of Religion

Conference Schedule

 

2014

 

Prof. Siebert will present four public lectures on, "What does Pope Francis I say about the Idolatry of Money - Is he a Liberal, a Marxist, or a Solidarist?" at St.Thomas More Catholic Student Parish. The lecture series begins on Monday, February 3, and will conclude on February 23, 2014. Each lecture will start at 7:00PM and continue until around 9:00PM.

 


 

2008

 

Prof. Siebert will present six public lectures on, "Catholic Solidarity and America Politics: Presidential Election 2008" at St.Thomas More Catholic Student Parish. The lecture series begins on Wednesday, September 24, and will conclude on October 29th, 2008. Each lecture will start at 7:00PM and continue until around 9:00PM.

 

Prof. Siebert and his colleagues, will present a course, entitled "Future of Religion: The Wholly Other, Liberation, and the Rescue of the Hopeless," at the Inter University Centre, Dubrovnik, on April 28 - May 3, 2008.  
According to Prof. Siebert, "We shall dedicate our 32nd international course on The Future of Religion to our great friend, Professor Dr. Ivan Supek (1915-2007). His whole life and work was driven by the insatiable longing for the totally Other, including the yearning for enlightenment, friendship, and love, as well as liberation, happiness and the rescue of the hopeless victims of society history."
If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Prof. Siebert.   If you would like to read the 'Call for Papers,' please click this line.  
His colleagues include:
Michael Ott, Grand Valley State University, Allendale
Dinka Marinovic Jerolimov, Institute for Social Research, Zagreb
Mislav Kukoc, Institute of Social Science "Ivo Pilar" - Split
Gotfried Küenzlen, Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich
Denis Janz, Loyola University, New Orleans

 


 

2007

Professor Siebert will deliver six public lectures addressing the theme of "The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: History, Present Status, and Future Development," at St.Thomas More Catholic Student Parish, in exile (due to the renovation), accross from the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan. The lecture series will start on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

 

Professor Siebert is organizing and will conduct the sevenths International Course on "Religion and Civil Society: Identity Crisis and New Challenges of Post-Secular Society" in Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine, from November 8-10, 2007. The International Course for scholars from Eastern and Western Europe, Central Asia, and North America is sponsored by

  • Western Michigan University,
  • the Ministry of Education and Science of the Ukraine,
  • the Taurida National University in Simferopol, Ukraine,
  • the Crimean Branch of the Society for Conflict Resolution of the Ukraine,
  • the Network of Cultural Exchange and Inter-Ethnic Trust, and
  • the Internet Access Training Program (JATP) in Sevastopol, Crimea.

  • During the international course, Professor Siebert shall give a lecture entitled: "The Jesus Revolution, the Judas Kiss, and the Empires." It will address the origin and the future of Christianity in post-secular and post-modern society.
    If you would like to read the 'Call for Papers,' please click this line.  

     

    Prof. Siebert will present a paper at the 29th ISSR/SISR Conference, in Leipzig, Germany, on July 25, 2007.   This year's theme focuses on "Secularity and Religious Vitality."   His paper is titled "The Critical Theory of Religion: The Evolution of the Moral Consciousness from Jus Talionis to the Golden Rule."  
    If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact the directors of the ISSR/SISR.  

     

    Prof. Siebert and his colleagues, will present a course, entitled "Future of Religion: From the Jus Talionis to the Golden Rule," at the Inter University Centre, Dubrovnik, on April 23-28, 2007.  
    According to Prof. Siebert, "The theme (for this year) is of highest actuality as the global, so called, war against terror is fought on both sides according to the lex talionis from day to day in a most bloody way. In our international discourse, we want to explore, how the jus talionis can be replaced by the Golden Rule, which all living world religions have in common, as well as by its secular translation into the categorical imperative or into the apriori of the universal communication community, which many humanists share. Religious people and humanists may agree on a new global ethos, which contains the Golden Rule as well as its secular inversions. This global ethos may, in the future, inform and motivate the actions of politicians, rather than the lex talionis and the consequent unending culture war. In any case, there will be no peace among nations without peace among the world religions, and there will be no peace among the world religions without informed discourse among them and between them and the world - humanisms on the bases of a new world ethos. We want to promote such informed discourse."
    If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Prof. Siebert.   If you would like to read the 'Call for Papers,' please click this line.  
    His colleagues include:
    Michael Ott, Grand Valley State University, Allendale
    Dinka Marinovic Jerolimov, Institute for Social Research, Zagreb
    Mislav Kukoc, Institute of Social Science “Ivo Pilar“ - Split
    Gotfried Küenzlen, Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich
    Denis Janz, Loyola University, New Orleans

     

    Prof. Siebert will give four public lectures on" Apocalyptic Eschatology" at St.Thomas More Catholic Student Parish, Kalamazoo, MI on on February 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 2007, from 7:00-9:00pm. The lectures and connected discourses will concentrate on the arch-Christian phrase: "See, I shall make everything new" in the book of Revelation. The Messianic word is still very much alive in the Christian community. It remembers the second coming of Christ in every mass. We shall differentiate between the movement, in which the heavenly Jerusalem breaks vertically into the horrible continuum of history, on one hand, and the reformistic interim payments, which come to terms, and put up with, and accept the present in a reformatory way, no matter how unjust it may be. The present as such, no matter how well it may be ironed out ideologically, is the very opposite of the apocalyptic conscientous presence. We shall compare the Messianic eschatology in all three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We shall trace its translation into secular- humanistic discourse. We shall look at its use and abuse in national and international public discourse. We shall stress the present expectations of the last Thing and the last things for Christians, Jews and Muslims. We shall ask, what the outstanding Messianic realm itself means for our life, and our communicative action, and even our political praxis in the present so difficult historical situation.

     


     

    2006

    Prof. Siebert, Prof. Tatiana Senyushkina, and their colleagues, will present the Sixth International Course on Religion and Civil Society, entitled "Religion in Civil Society: Main Challenges to the Civilizations and their Responses," in Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine on November 1-3, 2006.   This course is sponsored by Western Michigan University and V. I. Vernadskiy Tavrida National University, Crimean Department of the Conflict Resolution (Ukraine).  
    If you would like to read the invitation, please click this line.  
    If you are planning to attend or need more information, please contact Prof. Senyushkina at tsenyushkina@yandex.ru.  

     

    Prof. Siebert and his colleagues, will present a course, entitled "Future of Religion-30th Anniversary: From War to Peace among the Civilizations," at the Inter University Centre, Dubrovnik, on April 25-29, 2006.   If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Prof. Siebert.   If you would like to read the 'Call for Papers,' please click this line.  
    His colleagues include:
    Mislav Kukoc, University of Zagreb
    Gottfried Kuenzlen, Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich
    Nikola Skledar, University of Zagreb
    Denis Janz, Loyola University, New Orleans
    Michael Ott, Grand Valley State University, Allendale

     

    On Saturday, March 11, 2006, Prof. Siebert will give the keynote address for the Mothers Trust / Lakeshore Interfaith Institute's symposium, titled "The Future Of Religion." The invited participants include Dena Blay-Stroba, OCDS; Dustin Byrd, M.A.; Edward Gilpatric, Ph.D.; Indra Makija, Ph.D.; Mercy Gilpatric, D.Min.; Michael Ott, Ph.D.; Peter Hart, Ph.D.; Rev. Richard Rhem; Rev. Robert Linstrom; Richard Harring Ed.D.; & Ruth Harring Ph.D.

    Tentative Time Schedule
    10:00 to 11:15 -- Keynote
    11:15 to 12:15 -- Responses from invited participants and questions from audience
    12:15 to 01:00 -- Lunch break [ your own bag lunch; we provide beverages and desserts ]
    01:00 to 02:00 -- Responses continue
    02:00 to 03:00 -- Break out discussions with invited participants and Prof. Siebert
    03:00 to 03:30 -- Conference wrap up and closing remarks by Prof. Siebert

    For more information, please contact Swami Tapasananda.


     

    2005

    Prof. Siebert and his colleagues, will present the Fifth International Course on Religion and Civil Society, entitled "Towards a Discourse and Cooperation among the Civilizations," in Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine on October 26-28, 2005.   If you would like to read the invitation, please click this line.   If you are planning to attend or need more information, please contact Prof. Siebert.   This course is sponsored by Western Michigan University and Tavrida National University (Ukraine).  

     

    Prof. Siebert will present a lecture, titled "The Critical Theory of Religion: Toward an Open Dialectic Between Religious Faith and Secular Experience and Knowledge," at Oxford University, Lincoln College, England, on August 8, 2005.   In addition, he will be a delegate at the Oxford Round Table, which will take place under the title "Religion, Education, and the Role of Government," from August 7 - Agust 12, 2005.  


     


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