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Inquisitive Minds Podcast
33 minutes | Feb 19, 2018
Graduate Studies and the Job Market
Think it’s easy to find a job with a Humanities degree? Think again! This week we discuss some of the perils and pitfalls plaguing Humanities graduate students seeking stable employment opportunities. Though there has been a general increase in graduate student enrollment, cost of tuition fees and student loan debt there has not been an increase in available permanent jobs to accommodate the increasing numbers. More and more students and graduate are forced into contract-based jobs with little stability. We discuss these issues and the current (un)employment scene. What can be done to turn this situation around for the next crop of graduating students?
55 minutes | Dec 18, 2017
Trump, Jerusalem and Evangelical Eschatology
In this week's episode, we will see how the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel is more than just a political decision by Donald Trump. Many people are unaware that it was intended to please his evangelical electoral base. Indeed, many evangelicals believe that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel according to the biblical narratives, and that this city must play a leading role in the end times. Before addressing this issues, we will discuss in the first part of this week's epsiode the current debate in Canada concerning ISIS returnees.
37 minutes | Nov 27, 2017
Is ISIS Dead?
After strategic military loses in Iraq and Syria, is ISIS finished? This week we explore the fallout of the military battles with ISIS and discuss the different views on whether ISIS is finally over or not. We also consider the important issue of ISIS returnees and whether they can be reintegrated into society.
55 minutes | Oct 22, 2017
From Debates on Religious Attire to ISIS After Raqqa
In this episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we will talk about two major events which happened in Canada and in the Province of Quebec concerning the place of religious symbols and attire in the public and political spheres. We will end this episode by briefly discussing what will happen to ISIS after its loss of Raqqa, the city which was seen as the headquaters of its Caliphate.
48 minutes | Sep 25, 2017
Readings, Presentations, Publications, and Upcoming Projects
We are happy to be back after a restful summer! In this episode, we speak about our readings, presentations and teaching, publications and upcoming projects. Please note that the Inquisitive Minds Podcast will now be produced once a month, but episodes will be slightly longer.
37 minutes | Jul 2, 2017
Contextualizing the Gospel of Thomas
This is the last episode of a three part series on the Gospel of Thomas. This week, André Gagné discusses how recent research on the Nag Hammadi codices can shed light on the possible context of the Thomasine gospel. In this episode, Gagné notes important questions have been raised by Hugo Lundhaug and Lance Jenott in their book, The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices (Mohr Siebeck, 2015), which can also be helpful in gaining a better understanding on the prodiction milieu of Thomas. In paying attention to the codicological features of the tractates, for example, one might gain insight into who owned the codices and what purpose they might have served. *Please note that this is our 100th episode! We wish to thank all of our listerners throughtout the years. This episode is the last one of the season. We will resume our podcast around mid-September. Have a great summer and we hope you can take this time to re-listen or catch up on past episodes!
31 minutes | Jun 19, 2017
Interpreting the Gospel of Thomas
This week on the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, André Gagné continues his series on the Gospel of Thomas and will focus on the question of its interpretation. Since its discovery, most scholars have studied Thomas from a diachronic perspective, in order to uncover its sources and milieu. Unfortunately, very little research has been done on the possible meaning of this collection of saying.
35 minutes | Jun 4, 2017
Introducing the Gospel of Thomas
In this week's episode, André Gagné will be giving a basic introduction to the Gospel of Thomas, a collection of 114 sayings of Jesus attributed to a certain Didymus Judas Thomas. This enigmatic text is part of a series of tractates called the Nag Hammadi Codices and was found in Egypt in 1945. Since its discovery, scholars have endeavoured to uncover the place of writing and the sources of these sayings, which in many cases are similar to those found in the Synoptic gospels and other New Testament writings, as well as in several early Christian texts.
30 minutes | May 22, 2017
Current Global Events in the News
This week on Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we talk about some of the recent events taking place around the globe. With so much happening all at once we discuss a number of issues including the recent elections in France and South Korea, nuclear armament, the investigation into potential US electoral corruption, healthcare, and so much more.
31 minutes | May 8, 2017
Yet Another Story About Jesus Outside the New Testament
In this week’s episode, Calogero Miceli discusses his recent contribution to the online Christian Apocrypha resource on the Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles (http://www.nasscal.com/e-clavis-christian-apocrypha/). He explores the little-known account of Peter and the apostles’ journey in which they meet with a pearl merchant named Lithargoel and a physician accompanied by a young man. Near the end of the story the figures turn out to be Jesus which prompts questions about shapeshifting as a literary trope and also what the figure of Jesus’ appearance may have been.
32 minutes | Apr 24, 2017
The Impact of Terror Propaganda (Part 2)
In this week's episode, we continue our discussion of recent terror attacks through the lens of propaganda used by IS and other jihadist groups or sympathizers. We try to understand the impact of terror propaganda on social media plateforms and see how "news" relegated by terrorists and their supporters serve as a way to promote an "alternate" version of events.
33 minutes | Apr 10, 2017
The Impact of Terror Propaganda
In this week's episode, we will discuss three recent terror attacks through the lens of propaganda used by IS and other jihadist groups or sympathizers. What is the impact of this terror propaganda on social media plateforms? How much credibility should be given to "news" relegated by some jihadists channels? In what way does such propaganda provide an alternate version and interpretation of events?
33 minutes | Mar 27, 2017
The Problems with Hasty Conclusions and Imprecise Definitions
This week on the Inquisitive Minds Podcast we examine the problems with hasty conclusions and imprecise definitions. As news came of the identity of the suspect responsible for the bomb threat at Concordia University on March 1, 2017, people realized that a lesson against hasty conclusions and analysis needed to be learned. This unfortunate episode and others like it comes at a time when many feel a growing atmosphere of discrimination against Muslims and other religious groups. This has forced some Canadian parliamentarians to propose a motion against Islamophobia and systemic racism. In this episode, we discuss how this motion uncovered the uncomfortable reality that Canadians and Quebecers are quite divided over the issue of anti-Muslim sentiment and what some see as the threat of the Islamization of Canada.
33 minutes | Mar 13, 2017
Turmoil in Quebec: A Mosque Shooting and a Bomb Threat
In this week's episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we discuss two recent events which happened in the Province of Quebec: a shooting at an Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City on January 29th and a bomb threat at Concordia University on March 1st. We try to understand the possible motivations behind such acts and the implications this might have on Quebec society in general.
32 minutes | Feb 27, 2017
A Story About Jesus Outside the New Testament
Are there stories about Jesus outside of the New Testament? Definitely! This week, Calogero Miceli will discuss such stories found in what is commonly known as Apocryphal Christian Literature. In particular, he will look at an apocryphal text entitled "The Epistle of Christ from Heaven". He recently published an article on this story of Jesus in a book edited by Tony Burke and Brent Landau, New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures: Volume 1. (Eerdmans, 2016).
37 minutes | Feb 12, 2017
The Advent of Trump (Part 2)
This week we continue our discussion on the advent of Donald Trump as president of the U.S. We will once again focus on the content of Trump's inaugural speech and say a few words about the culture of "alternate facts" that has permeated the politics of this new White House administration.
33 minutes | Jan 29, 2017
The Advent of Trump (Part 1)
This week we discuss the advent of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America. Many were surprised and shocked to hear that he had won the election and still really wonder why people voted for him. In this episode, we will try to understand the implications of this election for the American people and the rest of the world. We will end with a few remarks concerning the religious content of the inauguration and Trump's speech.
40 minutes | Jan 16, 2017
Exposing Religious Rivalries and Ideology in Countering Violent Extremism (Part 3)
We are happy to be back with our first episode of 2017! We wish all of our listener all the best in this new year. This episode contains the third and last part of a conference given by André Gagné during the first Global Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Forum organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS). The event was held on November 16 & 17, 2016 at Concordia University.
35 minutes | Dec 12, 2016
Exposing Religious Rivalries and Ideology in Countering Violent Extremism (Part 2)
This is part 2 of a conference given by André Gagné during the first Global Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Forum organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS). The event was held on November 16 & 17, 2016 at Concordia University. Please note that our next episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast will air on January 16th, 2017. We would like to wish all our listeners a Happy Holiday Season and all the best for the new year!
31 minutes | Nov 28, 2016
Exposing Religious Rivalries and Ideology in Countering Violent Extremism (Part 1)
This episode covers the first part of a conference given by André Gagné during the first Global Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Forum organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS). The event was held on November 16 & 17, 2016 at Concordia University and was made possible by the generous support of the Consulate General of the United States in Montreal. This forum brought together experts and practitioners from academia, the government and civil society. The goal was to discuss and find solutions to the current threat that violent extremism is posing to societies across the world.
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