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Lecture and panel discussion:
Takeover: Religion, Republicanism, and Emergency Power

Friday, September 19, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall [map], UW–Madison

Prof. Gary J. Jacobsohnguest lecture by Professor Gary J. Jacobsohn
Malcolm MacDonald Professor in Constitutional and Comparative Law, University of Texas–Austin

followed by a panel discussion:

Professor Jacobsohn's talk will consider the question of religion and politics in comparative perspective, comparing India and the United States. By framing the threat to secular constitutionalism as an emergency problem, Prof. Jacobsohn reframes the way we think about the relationship between democracy and the spiritual and temporal domains, beginning with an an extended American hypothetical—the ascendance of theocratic rule in an American state—and contrasting this imagined “event” with the destruction of a mosque in the city of Ayodyha. The juxtaposition of these two occurrences, one imaginary, the other quite real, focuses attention on the vexed relationship between religion and republican governance, a relationship further informed by the theories of Alexis de Tocqueville.

The event is part of the Political Theory Workshop of the UW–Madison Department of Political Science. The lecture and panel discussion is presented by the Wisconsin Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, with cosponsorship by the UW Center for South Asia.

The Nazi Occupation Monument in Budapest: Holocaust Memory in Hungary and the Problem of “Double Occupation”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. [map], UW–Madison

Prof. Gary J. Jacobsohnguest lecture by Professor Paul A. Hanebrink
Department of History, Rutgers University

presented by the
UW Department of History
Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies
Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia

“Religion on Film”: an eight-film series

read more details (

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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7:00 pm | Union South Marquee | 1308 W. Dayton St. [parking info]

still: Le Grand VoyageLe Grand Voyage
dir: Ismaël Ferroukhi | France, Morocco | 2004 | 108 min
in French and Arabic with English subtitles

A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Réda finds himself obligated to drive his curmudgeonly father on a pilgrimage from France to Mecca. This is perhaps the first feature film to capture the “incredible spectacle: an authentic religious phenomenon which is largely invisible and under-imagined in Western culture” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian).

presented by
Mouna Mana | UW Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions

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.

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

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

★ “I am Malala: Exploring the History and Culture behind the Story”: a workshop for teachers and librarians will be hosted by the UW Center for South Asia. Tayyab Zaidi, program assistant for the Lubar Institute, is an invited speaker at the workshop.
Saturday, September 13, 2014 • registration is now closed
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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