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Symposium: Visualizing and Translating Scriptures: Reflections on The Saint John’s Bible (February 26, 2015)

“Religion on Film”: an eight-film series

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Wed.01.Oct | Le Grand Voyage
Wed.15.Oct | The Apostle
Wed.29.Oct | Pi
Wed.12.Nov | The Mission

Tue.10.Feb | Lies My Father Told Me
Tue.24.Feb | Jesus of Montreal
Tue.10.Mar | Guelwaar
Tue.24.Mar | The Matrix

Union South Marquee Theatre
1308 W. Dayton St.
University of Wisconsin–Madison
all films start at 7:00 pm

followed by a conversation led by a member of the UW’s faculty or academic staff

Eight members of the UW College of Letters & Science, drawn from across departments and disciplines, are presenting films of their choice in the main UW campus movie theater, the Union South Marquee.

Each film has some element of religion in the story, representing the three religions — Islam, Judaism, and Christianity — which are the focus of the series organizer, the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions. The presenters will lead a discussion after each screening, in which they will illuminate some aspect of the film’s perspective on religion.

Thank you to WUD Film, the student-run film programming group of the Wisconsin Union Directorate, for hosting this collaboration.

Interfaith Student Groups

The UW students selected for the 2014–15 Fellows group are listed here, and the Forum members are here.

2014 Undergraduate Journal The Undergraduate Journal is an annual production of the Lubar Interfaith Student Fellows. It provides those students with an opportunity to reflect upon their interfaith experiences, often in conjunction with observations on the Institute's events and programs over the course of their service. Read the 2014 Journal as a PDF here.

The Fellows presented two programs on interfaith dialogue, open to all residents in UW Housing:
Wednesday, November 19 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm | Kronshage Hall, Rose Taylor Room
Monday, November 24 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm | Sellery Hall, Main Lounge

This was an opportunity for students in the residence halls to discover how world faiths are similar and different from each other, and explore ways in which students who consider themselves religious are learning to more fully understand the perspectives of students who practice other faiths.

“GO BIG READ”: The UW–Madison Common Reading Program

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai, is the “Go Big Read” selected book for the 2014–15 academic year. Written by the Pakistani teenager who was attacked and shot by the Taliban, it is a story about education and the rights of women. Free copies of this book are being distributed to first-year students at the UW, as well as to students enrolled in courses which have included I Am Malala in their curriculum. The Go Big Read web site lists many associated events happening in the UW–Madison campus and around the city. Find out how to get a copy of the book.

2014 Undergraduate Journal★ Prof. Charles L. Cohen, E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions and director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, directed the question-and-answer session after the Go Big Read keynote address by Shiza Shahid (7:00 pm, Monday, October 27, Union South). Archived video of that event is here.

★ The Lubar Institute presented a symposium on November 11: “Embattled Ideologies: I Am Malala and the Question of Women’s Education in South Asia.”

★ The Lubar Interfaith Student Fellows and Forum read I Am Malala in the context of their interreligious discussions on education.

★ “I Am Malala: Exploring the History and Culture behind the Story”: Tayyab Zaidi, program assistant for the Lubar Institute, was an invited speaker at this September 2014 workshop for teachers and librarians, hosted by the UW Center for South Asia. Read more about the workshop on the Go Big Read web site.

About the Lubar Institute

ON WISCONSIN on the Lubar Institute
The Lubar Institute was featured in On Wisconsin (Winter 2013), the alumni magazine for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Read the complete article online at the On Wisconsin web site or download the five-page PDF here.

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Watch the video introduction to the Lubar Institute.

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