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In 2020, ICJS began presenting regular public programs online featuring authors, scholars, teachers, activitsts, or congregational leaders. Today these recordings form a rich library of resources to increase your religious literacy and understanding.

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Is Religion Still Relevant Today?

September 24, 2021

Interview and Conversation with Megan Goodwin and Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

As academics, podcasters, authors, and commentators, Megan Goodwin and Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst frequently focus their irreverent eye on how and where religion intersects with modern life. Join ICJS Scholar Matt Taylor in his conversation with Goodwin and Morgenstein Fuerst as they consider the importance of religion in public life and the breakdown of support for religious studies in both public education and universities.

Dabru Emet (Speak Truth): 20 Years Later Roundtable

June 17, 2021

Panel discussion with contributing scholars to the Dabru Emet Online Forum

Participants: Halla Attallah, Georgetown University; Mary C. Boys, Union Theological Seminary; Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College; Laura Levitt, Temple University; Malka Z. Simkovich, Catholic Theological Union; Heather Miller Rubens, ICJS

Building Delight Muscles: Ross Gay’s “The Book of Delights”

October 21, 2021

Book Discussion on Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights

In partnership with the Maryland Humanities Council’s One Book One Maryland

Religion in the Public Square: Teachers Talk Religion

May 25, 2021

ICJS Teacher Fellows participate in a panel discussion.

Participants: Jill Aizenstein, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School; Brendan Bailey, Loyola Blakefield ; Kenya Beard, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute; Patrice Frasier, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

Moderated by Christine Gallagher, ICJS Program Director, Teachers

Our Politics Our Religions

January 22, 2021

In this post-Inauguration program, ICJS Fellows reflected on what religious and / or scriptural grounding brings them to take particular civic actions.

Panel participants: Pat Shannon Jones, Scott Adams, Josh Headley, Tracie Guy-Decker, Terrell Williams, Ben Sax, and Alisha Tatem

What’s Going on Here? Making Sense of Religions Amidst Insurrection

March 29, 2021

From crosses to nooses, shamans to shofars, it can be hard to make sense of the wild mix of religious, civic, and conspiracy-theory images and symbolism that came together in Jericho Marches protesting the election results and culminating at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. ICJS Scholars discuss what they saw.

Stranger/Sister: Film Discussion with Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

February 19, 2021

Sheryl Olitzky and Atiya Aftab, co-founders of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, discuss their journey to build a movement connecting Jewish and Muslim women.

Dangerous Religious Ideas: Book Discussion with Rabbi Dr. Rachel S. Mikva

November 11, 2020

Dangerous Religious Ideas: The Deep Roots of Self-Critical Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and (Beacon, 2020) reveals how faith traditions have always passed down tools for self-examination and debate, because all religious ideas—not just extremist ones—can cause harm, even as they also embody important moral teachings.

Rabbi Dr. Mikva speaks with Ben Sax, ICJS Jewish Scholar