A Conversation on the ARt of Migration at CTI


Elaine Rutherford, a professor of fine art at the College of St Benedict, Minnesota, will reflect on the immigrant experience that inspires her paintings in a discussion with CTI's resident scholars on Sunday April 15 at 2:00pm. Rutherford says of her work, "Sentiments of loss and longing are common among those whose experiences of belonging are bound up in attachment to homeland.  As an immigrant my perception of home is constantly measured against where I am not.  Conceptually my work reflects on fragmentation, time and the space between collision and intersection." The seminar will open a week-long free exhibition at CTI's Luce Hall entitled, OUR TOWN - PRINCETON Photographs by Carolyn Scott, celebrating the community's rich diversity. The seminar and exhibition are part of Princeton's community wide conversations on migration this Spring.

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CTI Member Agustín Fuentes Gives Gifford Lectures


The Notre Dame anthropologist and CTI Member Agustín Fuentes has been giving this year's prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh on the theme, Why We Believe: evolution, making meaning, and the development of human natures. To learn more, you can watch video recordings of the six lectures and read the illuminating Blog commentary that accompanies them on the university website: https://giffordsedinburgh.com/

In these lectures, Fuentes brings together a professional lifetime of anthropological research and transdisciplinary thinking on human nature around the concept of belief. In part, he draws on his work as a research fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry during our Inquiry on Evolution & Human Nature in 2012-13, when he engaged in a sustained dialogue with theologians on this topic. CTI's director William Storrar was honored to be one of the invited panelists for the Gifford Seminar that is part of this series, discussing the lectures with Fuentes, fellow CTI Member Wentzel van Huyssteen, and the local academic and public community.

We congratulate Agustin on a highly successful Gifford lecture series, which attracted a large and appreciative audience in the magnificent setting of Edinburgh University's Playfair Library, redolent of the Scottish Enlightenment thinkers who pioneered the scientific study of human society over time. Due to severe weather, one postponed lecture was given at New College, the home of the university's School of Divinity. As the host, Professor David Fergusson, reminded the audience, the last person to do so was Reinhold Niebuhr, when he gave his Gifford Lectures there on The Nature and Destiny of Man in 1939-40, at the outset of the Second World War. Both honored the intentions of Lord Gifford in endowing this lecture series on natural theology.


Resident Seminar on Islam and Migration


In February 2018 CTI held a seminar on Islam and migration, with presentations by legal scholars Anver Emon (University of Toronto, Canada) and Urfan Khaliq (Cardiff University, UK), as well as by Luis Lopez Farjeat (Universidad Panamericana, México), a specialist on medieval Islamic philosophy. The expertise of these leading scholars in Islamic jurisprudence and philosophy, and in international law, enriched the work being undertaken by the members of CTI's resident seminar on religion and migration. 


ALBERT RABOTEAU SEMINAR on black migration


Acclaimed scholar of religion Albert Raboteau visited CTI in January 2018 to discuss his research on immigration and religion with members of CTI’s resident seminar. The discussion centered on the history of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South to the North in the twentieth century. Prof. Raboteau provided an invaluable contribution to the ongoing research at CTI on religion and migration.