James Barnett Endowment Activities

2021: Evolutionary Dynamics of Religion, Family Size, and Child Success Seminar Series

John Shaver:
The evolutionary dynamics of religion, family size and child success: An introduction, April 27, 2021
Rebecca Sear:
Family, fertility and child success: where does research on cooperative childcare go next?, May 19, 2021
Robert Lynch:
Religiosity increases the size and kin density of women’s social networks in a country undergoing rapid market integration, June 16, 2021
Laure Spake:
Religion, fertility, and allomothering networks in the United States and United Kingdom, July 15, 2021
Joseph Watts:
Modelling secularization across nation states using phylogenetic causal path analysis, August 17, 2021
Anushé Hassan:
Nuclearization of mothers’ social support networks and childcare provision in the UK and the USA during the COVID-19 pandemic, September 9, 2021
Saman Naz:
Minority-Majority Religious Group Differences in Fertility: A Propensity Score Matching Approach Applied to South Asia, October 19, 2021
Elic Weitzel:
Modeling the conditions of adaptive allocare, March 24, 2022

2019: Religious Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series

Benjamin Purzycki : The Form and Function of Religion in the Tyva Republic, March 11, 2019
Kelly James Clark, Aziz Abu Sarah, and Nancy Kreimer Strangers, Neighbors, Friends: Muslim-Jewish-Christian Reflections on Compassion and Peace, March 27, 2019

2018: Religious Pluralism Lecture and Discussion Series

Ruth Braunstein: Muslims as Outsiders, Enemies, and Others: The 2016 Presidential Election and the Politics of Religious Exclusion, February 12, 2018.
Robert Weller: Rethinking Pluralism: Ritual, Ambiguity, and Experience, March 5, 2018.
Eugene Rogers: Revisiting George Lindbeck’s “The Nature of Doctrine”, March 19, 2018.
Rahel Wasserfall: Living with Difference: How to Build Community in a Divided World, April 23, 2018.

2016 – 2017: Religious Cultures Lecture Series

Tulasi Srinivas: Towards an Anthropology of Wonder, April 3, 2017.
Don Seeman: Coffee and the Moral Order: Ethiopian Jews and Pentecostals against Culture, November 1, 2016.
Stephen Glazier: Demanding Deities and Reluctant Devotees: Belief, Unbelief, and Affect among Followers of the Orisa, Rastafari, and Spiritual Baptists Movements in Trinidad, September 22, 2016.

2016: Religion and Public Discourse Lecture Series

Cathy Gutierrez: The Perfect Problem: Eugenics and Utopia in Religious Discourse, May 2, 2016.
Jeffrey Schloss: Beyond the “Or Wars”: Epistemological Conflict in the Battles Over Evolution, April 4, 2016.
Adam Seligman: Living with Difference, February 29, 2016.

2014-15: Religious Experience Lecture Series 

Edward Slingerland: Trying Not to Try: Cooperation, Trust and the Paradox of Spontaneity, April 21, 2015.
Angela Kim Harkins: Emotional Communities in the Second Temple Period: The Instrumentalization of Affect after the Exile, March 3, 2015.
Wesley Wildman: Phenomenology of Intense Experiences , November 18, 2014.
Nathaniel Barrett: Engagement, Energy, and Enjoyment: Religious Experience and the Enhancement of Everyday Life, October 28, 2014.
Ann Taves: Events and Appraisals in the Study of (Religious) Experience, October 7, 2014.

2014: Understanding Religious Experience Study Group 
Religious experience has been a topic of considerable interest to religious studies scholars, as well as philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, historians, theologians, and more recently neuroscientists and cognitive scientists. Although not easily defined, religious experience broadly refers to subjective experiences of significance that are interpreted within a religious framework. The Understanding Religious Experience study group is aimed at examining religious experience from various disciplinary perspectives and exploring the possibilities and limitations of integrating these perspectives. The study group will meet to discuss recent book and article publications on religious experience. These discussions will be complemented by the inaugural James Barnett Lecture Series in Humanistic Anthropology, which will include many of the authors we will be reading and discussing.


Other James Barnett Lectures and Events

Connor Wood: Self-Other Blurring in Ritual and Social Structure, September 18, 2017.
Jordan Kiper: A Legacy of Veteran Expressions after War, January 1 – February 28, 2017.
Robin Albarano: Recovery and Reconciliation after the Yugoslav Wars, February 10 – March 14, 2017.
David Wood and Joseph Brett: Moral Injury after War: Remembrance, Recovery, and Reconciliation, February 27, 2017.
Lee Cronk: If I Were to Write a Second Edition of From Mukogodo to Maassai, April 21, 2016.
Cristina Moya: The evolution and ontogeny of ethnic phenomena, December 1, 2015.
Eleanor Power: Signals, Subtle and Dramatic: Religious Practice in Rural South India, September 10, 2015.
Bram Tucker: Coming home empty-handed: Cultural, behavioral, and cognitive approaches to subsistence risk among foragers, farmers, and fishermen of southwestern Madagascar, February 26, 2015.
John H. Shaver: Neither Fast nor Slow: Religion as a Life History Strategy in New Zealand, December 2, 2014.
Harvey E. Goldberg: Ritual Mutuality in North Africa: Jews and Muslims listen to the Ten Commandments in the Synagogue, September 15, 2014.