“The Face That Most Resembles Christ”: the Matter of Motherhood in Dante’s Paradiso

Soon after his ascent with Beatrice into the Empyrean, Dante-pilgrim finds himself in the in the center of a celestial rose, reeling beneath the newly unmasked souls seated on its petals. Shortly thereafter, St. Bernard provides him with a visual tour of the elect, bidding him to focus on one face in particular:

“Look now at the face that most resembles

Christ, for its brightness alone can enable you

to see Christ.” (Par. 32.85-87)

A Public Private Letter: From Ta-Nehisi Coates to the Letters of Paul and Beyond

What does it mean read a letter that seems to have one set of addressees, but which is redeployed in a broader or in a trans-local way? This paper tests the idea that the formation of Paul’s letter collection, found in the New Testament, may have been influenced by large-scale inscriptional “publications” of letters in the cityscapes of the second to third centuries CE. Additionally, it contextualizes the formation of Pauline letter collections within broader practices of letter collections in the first and second centuries CE, including those of Cicero and Pliny.

Creating Beauty To Resist

A book talk and discussion with authors Ece Temelkuran and Molly Crabapple
Ece Temelkuran and Molly Crabapple will discuss the allure and curious contemporary absence of utopian visions, and the potential implications of what it means to come of age in a world on fire. Temelkuran will examine her novel The Time of Mute Swans, which explores politics in the 1970s through the eyes of two children in Ankara, Turkey. And Crabapple will analyze her co-authored memoir Brothers of the Gun about a young man finding his voice as a journalist during the war in Syrian.

Arabs in the Israeli Political System: Politics, Identity and Leadership

Professor Rami Zeedan will speak about his research, which focuses on the development of politics, identity, and leadership among Arabs in Israel. These issues will be presented in light of the historical development and contemporary trends of "integration vs segregation" of Israeli Arabs in the three branches of power in Israeli political system, including the local level. It concludes by pointing that the major problems among the Arabs in Israel relies on the external, in regard to national politics, but more importantly on the internal, in regard to the local kinship-based politics.


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