The Department of Religious Studies will be bringing in as well as sponsoring distinguished guest speakers throughout the year.
September 29, 2014
Mon., September 29, 2014, Matteo Pistono, will present "Sacred Landscape and Pilgrimage in Tibet," in the Berry Center, Room 138 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. This is co-sponsored with the Departments of Anthropology and Global Area Studies
- Abstract: Experience what devout pilgrims endure on their arduous journey to remote caves, holy mountains, ancient hermitages and Himalayan power places. Join author Matteo Pistono for a photo presentation of his latest book Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal. Pistono takes you on a visual pilgrimage into the heart of Tibet with stories and images from a decade of his travels to sacred sites. Pistono illuminates how pilgrims’ inner journeys create a shift in perception of terrain as wilderness to conceiving of it as a sacred panorama in which mountains and rivers, streams and glaciers, the very pebbles upon which their boots fall, are woven into a blessed landscape. Pistono will also discuss how Buddhist rituals and faith has defined the political topography of Tibet.
October 23, 2014
Thurs., October 23, 2014, Dr. Moshe Pinchuk of Netanya Academic College, Netanya Israel, will speak at two different events.
- 1:20-2:35, Classroom Building Rooom 147, "The Jewish Wife Unchained." The talk will address the legal-halachic status of a married woman in Judaism, the modern agunah problem it generates, and some of the legal solutions available.
- 2nd lecture, more information tba