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The American Lectures in the History of Religions welcome's Fatemeh Keshavarz as 2016 Lecturer.

The American Academy of Religion

"The American Lectures in the History of Religions (ALHR) is proud to welcome Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz to speak in a series of public lectures in the Chicago area from October 24 to the 28, 2016. Dr. Keshavarz’s lecture series is entitled Unsilencing the Sacred: Conversations with the Divine, and in them she will explore the works of poets such as Omar Khayyam, Hafez of Shiraz, Sa’di, Jalal al-Din Rumi, and ‘Attar of Nishabur.

"In addition to her lectures in Chicago, Dr. Keshavarz will offer a general summation of her series at the 2016 AAR Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on November 20.

"The significance of exploring these ancient texts is immense. For one thing, the exploration helps us see the continuity in the human engagement with the larger questions of life. Our desire to make ourselves better, to love, to learn, and to create are not modern phenomena. It is important to see that first hand through in-depth engagement with these texts. Furthermore, our digital brains are now being trained to think of texts only as repositories of information. As a result, we get more and more used to skimming the reading before us for “relevant” information instead of developing more long-term ties with such texts, savoring their beauty, creativity, and depth. The exploration of ancient texts, to which you have referred, helps us to move beyond the surface and seek more than a rudimentary process of information gathering."

Read the complete interview at The American Academy of Religion.

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