Events this quarter will be held virtually; Zoom links will be released closer to the dates.
 

Tuesday, 10/20, 11:20am-12:40pm
Erik Braun
of the University of Virginia to deliver a Jun Zhou Lecture in Theravada Buddhism: “since feeling is first:” Hedonic Tone (_Vedanā_) in the Meditation Practice of S. N. Goenka

Erik Braun is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He co-edited with David McMahan the volume Buddhism, Meditation, and Science (Oxford University Press, 2017) and is the author of The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw (University of Chicago Press, 2013), which was a co-winner of the Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism in 2014. Currently, he is working on a book project about contemporary transformations of meditative practice on the global stage. His research focuses on Burmese Buddhism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Pāli literature, and the roots of modern forms of meditative practice. He received his Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University.

This lecture is supported through a generous gift by Mr. Jun Zhou. 

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Friday, 10/23, 3:30 pm
The Office of the Dean presents a Dialogue about Racial Melancholia with Joseph Winters ( Alexander F. Hehmeyer Associate Professor of Religious Studies and African and African American Studies, Duke University), Terrence Johnson (Associate Professor of Religion and Politics at Georgetown University) and Amy Hollywood (Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies, Harvard University Divinity School).
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Thursday, 10/29, 4:20pm
The Office of the Dean presents J. Kameron Carter (Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University) and Amy Hollywood (Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at Harvard University Divinity School) in discussion regarding Carter's paper the Mat(t)er of Myth: Charles Long and Black Feminism.
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Tuesday, 11/10, 11:20am-12:40pm
Jun Zhou Lecture in Theravada Buddhism to be delivered by Kate Crosby of King's College, London: "Esoteric Theravada Meditation: Corruption or Abhidhamma?" 

This talk will examine the esoteric meditation that dominated much of the Theravada world before the modern period. It will examine features that have seemed heterodox, and gained it a reputation as a corrupt form of Theravada and then counter this by considering how it enacts the path of transformation expounded in commentarial Abhidhamma.

Kate Crosby, Professor of Buddhist Studies in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London, works on Sanskrit, Pali and Pali-vernacular literature, and on Theravada practice in the pre-modern and modern periods. She is interested in meditation, the history of the relationship between Buddhism and other technologies, and how varying responses to modernity influenced the shape, rhetoric and practice of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Her publications include The Bodhicaryavatara; The Dead of Night & the Women; Theravada Buddhism: Continuity, Diversity, Identity and Traditional Theravada Meditation and its Modern Era Suppression.

This lecture is supported through a generous gift by Mr. Jun Zhou. 

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Thursday, 12/3, 4:20
Panel on the New Critical Terms for Religious Studies

Today's panel will feature Divinity School professors Ryan Coyne, Dan Arnold, and Alireza Doostar in discussion with guests Terrence Johnson (Associate Professor of Religion and Politics at Georgetown University), Elisabeth Perez (Associate Professor of Religion and Politics at UC Santa Barbara), and Nancy Khalek (William A. Dyer Jr. Assistant Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies, Brown University).
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