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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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In this video, Senior Writer Nick Street explores glossolalia (speaking in tongues), the Pentecostal movement in Jos, Nigeria, and a Charismatic Catholic congregation in Nairobi, Kenya....

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Indigenous Pentecostal Churches in Quito, Ecuador

Donald Miller has observed Pentecostal and charismatic services around the globe. In May 2011, he visited indigenous Pentecostal churches in Quito, Ecuador, where he captured footage of prayer, worship, and dance. Miller, Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion and executive...

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The Megachurches of Orange County

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Richard Flory, CRCC director of research, spoke about rise of megachurches in Orange County on the Cal State Fullterton-produced program OC Insight, which aired June 11, 2011 on KCET. He taped the appearance on April 18, 2011. Description from OC...

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One LA: Standing Together

This documentary, One LA: Standing Together, explores the creation of a broad-based community organization in Los Angeles County. One LA , an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, unites citizens to address issues such as housing, education, and immigration reform. The video includes interviews with One LA leaders, including Ernesto Cortés, Jr., Macarthur Fellow and lead organizer for One LA, and footage from the 12,000 person inaugural event.

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Q&A: The Economic Performance of Civilizations Conference

The purpose of this conference is to make progress toward identifying and isolating the effects of religion, cultures and legal systems on the economic trajectories of civilizations. The participants belong to several disciplines and they vary greatly in geographic emphasis. The civilizations to be studied comparatively include those of East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Contexts to be emphasized include commercial organizations, public finance, state formation, property rights and industrial organizations. The conference is co-sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

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The Evolution of Religions

Jared Diamond, professor of geography at UCLA, received the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 1998 for Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Science. His most recent book is Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2004).

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Spirit in the World

The John Templeton Foundation and the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture presented "Spirit in the World: The Dynamics of Pentecostal Growth and Experience," an international symposium on the global Pentecostal movement.

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Global Pentecostalism

Donald Miller, executive director of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and director of the USC School of Religion, co-wrote "Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement" with Tetsunao Yamamori.

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John Seely Brown on Creativity

John Seely Brown, visiting scholar at USC, speaks about creativity. Brown was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center, a position he held for nearly two decades.

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How Middle East Conflicts Impact LA

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CRCC Managing Director Brie Loskota appeared on an episode of LA Cityview 35's We Are LA, a presentation of the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. The series highlights HRC’s work to facilitate dialogue in order to enhance understanding...

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Mindfulness in the Brain

Michael Spezio discusses the effects of centering prayer and contemplative reflection on neural networks. Dr. Spezio is an assistant professor of psychology at Scripps College and appeared at USC on October 25, 2006 to speak about "Mindfulness in the Brain: A Study of Contemplative Practice in Relation to Neural Networks of Social Judgment and Meta-Awareness" as part of the USC Templeton Lecture Series.

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