Fall 2021

We are delighted to announce our Fall '21 talk series. This talk series is generously co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies and Philosophy; the Society for the Humanities; the South Asia Program; and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. All talks with Zoom links are open to the general public. Times are in Eastern Time (US).

Spring 2021

Our Spring '21 talk series was generously co-sponsored by the Departments of Asian Studies, History, Anthropology and Philosophy; the South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Religious Studies Programs; and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. Prof. Gleig's talk was additionally co-sponsored by the Society for the Humanities.

  • Tuesday 16 February, midday. Eviatar Shulman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Creative Dimensions of Early Buddhist Textuality: The Practice of Scripture.”
  • Friday 26 February, 9am. Peter Skilling, “Early Buddhist Multilingualism.”
  • Friday 5 March, 4pm. Ann Gleig (University of Central Florida), The Dukkha of Racism: Racial Justice Work in American Convert Buddhism.
  • Tuesday 16 March, 4pm. Lucinda Ramberg (Cornell), “‘We Were Always Buddhist:’ Dalit Historiography and the Temporality of Caste.”
  • Friday 2 April, 4pm. Joseph A. Marino, III (University of Washington), Hell as a Metaphor in Early Buddhist Literature.
  • Friday 9 April, 2pm. Alexey Kirichenko (Moscow State University), “Navigating Between the Law and a Distant Place: Judicial Procedures for non-Burmans and Legal Ethnography in the Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Burma.”
  • Friday 16 April, 10am. Jack Meng-Tat Chia (National University of Singapore), “Toward a History of South China Sea Buddhism.”
  • Friday 23 April, 4pm. Kristin Scheible (Reed College), "Epic Work: Readings of the Mahāvaṃsa."
  • Friday 30 April, 4pm. Jay L. Garfield (Smith College), “Cognitive Illusion and Immediate Experience: Perspectives from Buddhist Philosophy?”
  • Friday 7 May, 4pm. Matthew William King (UC Riverside), talk from Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood.
  • Monday 10 May, 4pm. Sara L. McClintock (Emory), “Is Truth a Story? A Buddhist Inquiry.”

Fall 2020

Our Spring '21 talk series was generously co-sponsored by the GPSA-FC, the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, the South Asia Program and the Southeast Asia Program.

  • Friday 2 October: "Reading a Buddha Biography as a Whole Person: Lessons from Medieval Sri Lanka" (Charles Hallisey, Harvard)
  • Friday 16 October: “Exploring Buddhist Manuscript Cultures of Thailand through the indigenous Vaṃsa Literature” (Peera Panarut, Universität Hamburg)
  • Friday 30 October: “Why Study Buddhism in a Liberal Arts Education?” (Jane Marie Law, Cornell University)
  • Friday 13 November: “Agents of Unending Change: A Buddhist Approach to Identity” (Jonathan C. Gold, Princeton)
  • Friday 11 December: “Buddhism as Corporate Disruptor: Pre-Modern and Modern Perspectives” (Matthew D. Milligan, Trinity)