Special Events of Interest
Coexistence and Religion: History, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in Georgia (May 28 - June 17, 2017)
Georgia has always been a land of multiple faiths: Judaism, Islam, Christian Orthodoxy, and Paganism have a long and unique history of coexistence. In the three-week course, we’ll begin in Tbilisi at the Georgian-American University where you’ll hear lectures on the role of religious traditions in the history and current life of Georgia, followed by thematic lectures on religious and secular traditions in Georgia. Topics will include: Church music, spiritual art, church and temple architecture, the unique history of Georgian Jews, Islam in Georgia, the persistence of paganistic practices, and the era of Soviet Official Atheism.
During the last two weeks of the trip, the group will travel the length and breadth of Georgia, an alpine country about the size of West Virginia or Ireland. You'll see Tblisi as well as rural villages and everything from medieval monasteries to gorgeous beaches. There are so many sights to see, but we’ll focus on the spiritual sites that are central to the religious history of Georgia (without missing the scrumptious culinary traditions and the stunning natural beauty of this countryside!).
Dr. Michael A. Denner is Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Stetson University. He's also the editor of the Tolstoy Studies Journal and the director of Stetson's University Honors Program. Like most people who have visited Georgia, Dr. Denner decided it was the coolest place on earth. He currently does field research in Georgia on the topic of climate change and viniculture and viticulture. He's also translating the best cookbook on Georgian cuisine: Lobio, Satsivi, Khachapuri: Georgia with Taste.
Read more about this program at www.SRAS.org/religion.
Security and Society Summer School in Warsaw, Poland (May 27 - July 7, 2017)
Hosted by Collegium Civitas, located in the very center of Warsaw, this summer school offers a range of courses very pertinent in the world today. Two courses that I think you will find interesting are the following:
Poland once housed a majority of the world's Jews and today, 70 percent of the world's Jews can trace their ancestry back to Poland. This course will examine the triumphs and tragedies of Poland’s Jews and acquaint you with the burgeoning revival of Jewish culture now taking place in democratic Poland. It will also examine the influence of the Polish Jews on American culture and their contribution in forming the Israeli identity. The course will be co-directed by Dr. Maciej Kozlowski, the former Polish ambassador to Israel and Dr. Jolanta Zyndul, Senior Historian at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Poles Apart: Identity, Diversity, Tolerance
Located at a crossroads between East and West, Poland's geographical position and unusual political setup have historically forged a multitude of ethnic, religious and regional communities, some of which still exist today. This crucible of conflict, where former empires have frequently waged wars, has left a rich landscape infused with the symbolic and physical imprints of struggles over identity, diversity and tolerance. Study the key concepts— prejudice, insider-outsider, diversity, assimilation, collective memory, stereotype, symbolic capital, empathy, tolerance and compromise—that contribute to our understanding of what makes people 'Poles apart'.
Read more about this program at www.SRAS.org/security.
Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is pleased to announce that Ross Gay, of Bloomington, Indiana, has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press). The award, given annually to a mid-career poet, is among the world’s most generous and distinguished prizes for a book of poetry.
Ross Gay (Photo by Natasha Komoda)
Danez Smith, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has won the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for their book [insert] boy (YesYes Books). The Kate Tufts Discovery Award is given annually for a first book by a poet of genuine promise.
A ceremony for this year's winners will be held on April 7, 2016 at 5 pm at Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center (170 E. 6th Street, Claremont).
Gay, the author of three collections of poetry, teaches at Indiana University. His previous two collections are Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and Against Which (CavanKerry Press, 2006). His past honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute.
Chief Judge Chase Twichell said the jury was impressed by Gay’s ability to “conjure profound and genuine epiphanies out of ordinary things.”
“In this accomplished third volume of poetry, we hear a voice that is fresh, exploratory, and curious about a wide range of subjects,” Twichell said. “Although modest and unpretentious, Ross has an authority that allows him to speak directly into the ear of the reader with a disarming intimacy, one that makes us feel that each poem turns directly toward us as we read. It's hard to describe, but trust me, it's a rare quality.”
Smith is a MFA candidate at the University of Michigan and teaches with InsideOut Detroit. They are a 2014 Ruth Lilly - Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, and recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship. Smith is also a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, placing 2nd in 2014, and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective.
Twichell praised Smith’s [insert] boy as “remarkable for its nervy, surprising, morally urgent poems.”
“Although at times rough, raw, and sometimes angry, particularly in regard to issues of race and gender, there is always an underlying tenderness that holds the poems open to the reader and invites him in,” Twichell said. “Structurally inventive, vividly imaginative, and wholly original, [insert] boy is an unforgettable debut. I can think of no other recent first book of American poetry that packs a punch of this force.”
The Kingsley Tufts award, now in its 24th year, was established at Claremont Graduate University by Kate Tufts to honor the memory of her husband, who held executive positions in the Los Angeles Shipyards and wrote poetry as his avocation. The award is given annually to honor a poet at mid-career, providing resources that allow the artist to continue working toward the pinnacle of their craft.
The Kate Tufts Discovery Award was initiated at CGU in 1993 and is presented annually for a first book by a poet of genuine promise.
Finalists for the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award were Kyle Dargan for Honest Engine (University of Georgia Press); Amy Gerstler for Scattered at Sea (Penguin); Fred Moten for The Little Edges (Wesleyan); and Jennifer Moxley for The Open Secret (Flood Editions).
Finalists for the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award were Meg Day for Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street); Bethany Schultz Hurst for Miss Lost Nation (Anhinga Press); Michael Morse for Void and Compensation (Canarium); and Henry Walters for Field Guide A Tempo (Hobblebush Books).
Final judges were Stephen Burt, literary critic and English professor at Harvard University; Elena Karina Byrne, poet and poetry curator/moderator for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books; Brian Kim Stefans, poet and professor of English at University of California, Los Angeles; Don Share, poet and editor of POETRY Magazine; and Chase Twichell, chair of the judging committee and past winner of the Kingsley Tufts award.
Past winners of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award include Robert Wrigley, Tom Sleigh, Matthea Harvey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Timothy Donnelly, Marianne Boruch, Afaa Michael Weaver, and Angie Estes.
About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is the graduate university of the Claremont Colleges. Our five academic schools conduct leading-edge research and award masters and doctoral degrees in 24 disciplines. Because the world’s problems are not simple or easily defined, diverse faculty and students research and study across traditional academic boundaries to create new and practical solutions.
Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is opening a new location in downtown Los Angeles that will serve as a hub for creative industry academic programs, special events, and creative collaborations.
The space, which will launch this spring, is located inside the 12-story Reef building at 1933 S. Broadway. It puts Claremont Graduate University within walking distance of the Arts and Financial Districts, and at the center of a dynamic community of artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
The Reef building houses CGU's new location in downtown Los Angeles.
“One of Claremont Graduate University’s strengths has always been its proximity to Los Angeles, one of the most vibrant cultural and business centers in the world,” CGU President Robert Schult said. “Our new place downtown makes it even more convenient for our students to tap in to L.A.’s rich resources as they forge their creative paths.”
CGU’s 7th-floor home inside the Reef includes classrooms and gallery space, as well as meeting facilities and special events amenities. The expansion into downtown is being spearheaded by CGU’s Drucker School of Management and School of Arts and Humanities.
“We have created a unique Center for Management in the Creative Industries, and this location will serve as a focal point for our programs in the burgeoning creative economy in Los Angeles, including our close collaborations with Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Getty Leadership Institute,” said Tom Horan, dean of Drucker School.
In addition to hosting CGU, The Reef is home to a lively community of artists, designers, technologists, media producers, and wholesalers. Its design encourages collaboration and sharing among residents.
“L.A. is a hub of creative energy,” said Tammi Schneider, dean of CGU’s School of Arts and Humanities. “CGU’s space in The Reef provides a platform for our art, arts management, music, and museum studies students to build their creativity in theory and practice.”
CGU will celebrate the launch of the space with an invitational event on March 3 featuring Mark Hatch, the founder and CEO of TechShop and a Drucker School alumnus, who will speak on “Los Angeles and the Creative Revolution.”
CGU’s downtown location is just blocks from the Harbor and Santa Monica freeways, and close to Blue and Expo Line light rail stops.
The Transdisciplinary Studies Program is sponsoring a contest for the best student projects in transdisciplinary studies and Big Data analytics conducted this academic year.
As part of the contest, all entrants will present their projects in a poster session following the annual Commencement Forum Panel on Friday, May 15. We are excited to share the work of our students with the honorary degree recipients and other Forum attendees.
The deadline for submissions is May 1. More information about the event is available on our website: http://www.cgu.edu/transdisciplinary under the “Commencement Forum” menu. For more information, please contact Laura Schlosberg, email@example.com
I am happy to announce that volume 16 of the Journal of Coptic Studies (2105) has just appeared. It is full of great research papers including the article "Traditions of Selecting Coptic Patriarchs over Two Millennia" (pp. 139-53), coauthored by myself, Dr. Nardine Riegels, and Dr. Donald Westbrook (CGU, PhD 2015).
Abstract (and two pages) can be read, and PDF and hard copies (of our article and the whole issue) can be purchased directly from the publisher (Peeters), which also has details on ordering for individuals and institutions:
If your library does not already have an institutional subscription to the Journal of Coptic Studies, I strongly urge you to recommend that they obtain one, so that more students and researchers can benefit from first-rate Coptology scholarship.
Preliminary findings of our study on Selecting Coptic Patriarchs were published earlier (2001):
Since then, further research and newer publications have broadened and improved the historical-statistical analysis, and expanded and refined the conclusions. There are still many gaps to be filled, but these require new discoveries and dedicated search in unpublished manuscripts.
Hello, local friends — David Treuer and I both have books coming out right about now, and with the hospitality of our friends at Rhino, we're having a book party together. Information below. What the poster doesn't say is that we'll actually have free beer (and maybe even some snacks) even for those of you who don't buy a book, just because we like you. And also that the readings will be mercifully short, so that the partying can be long. And that I have volunteered to DJ the store for the night. Hope to see you there!
CAMES Summer Program in Modern Standard Arabic
The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut will offer an intensive summer program in Modern Standard Arabic from June 22 until August 7, 2015. The program provides intensive Arabic instruction at eight levels: Introductory, High Introductory, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, Superior and High Superior. The typical daily workload includes five hours of MSA and one hour of Lebanese dialect, followed by lectures, field trips, clubs and movies which are integrated into the program. Students should also expect at least four hours of homework each day. The total of 186 classroom hours is equivalent to 9 credit hours earned at AUB which may be transferred to other universities.
The program uses the Georgetown Arabic language textbooks by Brustad, al-Batal, and al-Tonsi and other supplementary materials.
The deadline for early admission is February 25, 2015. Students who apply by February 25 will receive a response by the second week of March. The deadline for regular admission is April 15, 2015. Students who apply by April 15 will receive a response by the first week of May.
Applications may be downloaded from:
For further information about the program, please check this link:
http://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/cames/sap/Pages/arabic_program.aspx or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claremont Graduate University has announced for the finalists for the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Winners will be announced in late February and recognized at a ceremony in April. For more information, visit: www.cgu.edu/tufts.
Thursday, November 30th at 6 pm in Boone Recital Hall at Scripps College.
Please join us in the Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room, Thursday, October 23 at 4:00PM for an exhibition reception and keynote lecture sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Library and Pomona College.
From Inner Asia to the Indian Ocean: A Festival Migrates
Nile Green, Director of the Program on Central Asia, UCLA
In the festival of the Urs or ‘spiritual wedding,’ the death anniversaries of the Muslim saints are celebrated as a carnival of music, song and feasting. While the Urs is usually considered a uniquely Indian custom, this talk reveals it as a festival-on-the-move that migrated over the centuries from Inner Asia to India and the Indian Ocean. Gathering diverse new participants on its travels, the Urs allows us to connect the Islamic traditions of Indian Ocean with those of inland Persia and Afghanistan.
Following the lecture we invite you to browse the new exhibition Navigating Culture: Islam and Encounter in the Indian Ocean World. Navigating Culture is comprised of Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections materials reflecting the movement of people, culture, and ideas between the continents of Africa and Asia, through the Indian Ocean, and spanning the 7th – 19th centuries. Curated by Anisha Bhat (Pomona College ’15), Anna Kramer (Pomona College ’16), and Special Collections staff, Ayat Agah and Gale Burrow, Navigating Culture will be on display October 22- December 19 in the Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections Gallery (Honnold 2nd floor).