Week Nine :: Aug. 19–27

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Food and Faith 

Eating is essential for life, but it is so much more.  All cultures have developed rituals around food and eating that shape the life patterns and rhythms of family and communal life, and religions also utilize food for spiritual nourishment in sacred meals, religious dictums for self-discipline, and for the formation of communal identity.  This week will be a rich and full exploration into the relationship between food and faith.

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Chautauqua Food Festival

From Aug. 20 to 25, Bestor Plaza will come alive with delicious food, craft beverages and entertainment during the Chautauqua Food Festival.

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2 p.m. Lectures


  • Monday, August 21, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Norman Wirzba

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    Norman Wirzba is Professor of Theology and Ecology at Duke University, where he is also Senior Fellow for the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus

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    Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus is a Professor of Religion and Coordinator of Jewish Studies at Wheaton College (MA). His research focuses on meals and religion, especially on the cognitive sensory and communal dimensions of meal rituals.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Zahra N. Jamal

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    Dr. Zahra N. Jamal is Associate Director at Rice University's Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance. She was previously on the faculty at Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, Michigan State University (MSU), and Palmer Trinity.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Vasudha Narayanan

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    Vasudha Narayanan is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida and a past President of the American Academy of Religion (2001-2002). She was educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India, and at Harvard University.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Friday, August 25, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Father Gregory Boyle, S.J.

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    The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy