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Crossroads of Religion and Politics Discussion with Yael Berda

Feb 9, 2015  ·  12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m.  ·  Robertson Hall, Bowl 015

Yael Berda is an Academy Scholar at Harvard's Academy for International and Area Studies.  She is the author of "The Bureaucracy of the Occupation in the West Bank: The Permit Regime 2000-2006" which was released in Hebrew in 2012 and is forthcoming later this year in English.  Dr. Berda earned her Ph.D. from Princeton's Department of Sociology.

Immigrant Faith: Crossroads of Religion and Politics Discussion with Phillip Connor

Feb 26, 2015  ·  12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m.  ·  Robertson Hall, Bowl 015

Lunchtime Discussion with Phillip Connor, author of the recent "Immigrant Faith: Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe"

If I Give My Soul: Film Screening with Andrew Johnson

Apr 15, 2015  ·  7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.  ·  TBA

Film Screening and Discussion of "If I Give My Soul: Pentecostalism in Rio's Prisons" with filmmaker Andrew Johnson

"Paradox of Generosity" Doll Lecture by Christian Smith

Apr 22, 2015  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  ·  TBA

Doll Lecture on Religion and Money to be given by Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame.

Smith is the co-author, with Hilary Davidson, of "The Paradox of Generosity:  Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose."

Determining why, when, and to whom people feel compelled to be generous affords invaluable insight into positive and problematic ways of life. Organ donation, volunteering, and the funding of charities can all be illuminated by sociological and psychological perspectives on how American adults conceive of and demonstrate generosity. Focusing not only on financial giving but on the many diverse forms generosity can take, Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson show the deep impact usually good, sometimes destructive that giving has on individuals.
The Paradox of Generosity is the first study to make use of the cutting-edge empirical data collected in Smith's groundbreaking, multidisciplinary, five-year Science of Generosity Initiative. It draws on an extensive survey of 2,000 Americans, more than sixty in-depth interviews with individuals across twelve states, and analysis of over 1,000 photographs and other visual materials. This wealth of evidence reveals a consistent link between demonstrating generosity and leading a better life: more generous people are happier, suffer fewer illnesses and injuries, live with a greater sense of purpose, and experience less depression. Smith and Davidson also show, however, that to achieve a better life a person must practice generosity regularly-random acts of kindness are not enough.