Lectures and Events


Public and Class Lectures, Fall 2015

September 10:  Reception for New Faculty, 5:00 p.m., Chapin Lounge

September 25:  Buddhist Symposium (Private), 5:00 p.m., Babbott Room

October 6:         Professor Frank Korom, Boston University (Public Lecture)
                            Reception:  4:00, Chapin Lounge
                            Lecture:  "The Life and Legacy of a Tamil Sufi Saint:  Bawa Muhaiyaddeen"
                                 4:30 p.m., Chapin 101

BAWAphotosmallerKorom.jpgFrank J. Korom, Professor of Religion & Anthropology at Boston University, will speak on "The Life and Legacy of a Tamil Sufi Saint: Bawa Muhaiyaddeen" at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 6 in 101 Chapin Hall. He is the author and editor of nine books, most recently The Anthropology of Performance (2013). He is also co-editor of the journal Asian Ethnology and serves on a variety of advisory boards including the American Institute of Indian Studies Board of Trustees. He is currently completing a book on the figure at the center of his Amherst talk.  The talk is sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.  A reception will precede the talk at 4:00 p.m. in Chapin Lounge.

October 9:        Professor Steven Weitzman (In-Class Lecture)

October 19:       Professor John Collins, Yale Divinity (In-Class Lecture)

November 2:     Professor Adela Collins, Yale Divinity (In-Class Lecture)

November 6:     Family Weekend Reception, Chapin Lounge, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

November 11:   Professor Stephen Jenkins, Humboldt State University (Public Lecture)
                     "The Dalai Lamas and the Buddhist Ethics of Compassionate Violence"
4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 11, Pruyne Room, 115 Fayerweather Hall

ThangkaBullCropped.jpgStephen Jenkins is Professor of Religious Studies at Humboldt State University. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1999. His research is primarily focused on Buddhist concepts of compassion, their philosophical grounding, and their ethical implications. Much of his career has been spent in Asia serving study abroad programs in India, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Japan. His most recent publication is "Making Merit through Warfare" in Buddhist Warfare, edited by Mark Juergensmeyer and Michael Jerryson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

November 16:   Amy Frykholm, Editor, The Christian Century (In-Class Lecture)

November 18:   Dr. Yisca Zimran (In-Class Lecture)

November 30:   Professor Shahzad Bashir, Stanford University (Public Lecture)
                       "Islamic Futures: Attempts at a History of Conceptual  Frameworks”
                       5:00 p.m., Monday, November 30, Pruyne Room, 115 Fayerweather Hall

BashirGraphic.jpgProfessor Bashir specializes in Islamic Studies with a particular interest in the intellectual and social histories of Persianate societies of Iran and Central and South Asia circa fourteenth century CE to the present. His published work is concerned with the study of Sufism and Shi’ism, messianic movements originating in Islamic contexts, representation of corporeality in hagiographic texts and Persian miniature paintings, religious developments during the Timurid and Safavid periods, and modern transformations of Islamic societies.  He is currently working on two major projects. The first is a book entitled Islamic Times: Conceptualizing Pasts and Futures. The second project is tentatively entitled Building the Past: Memory, Metaphor, and Reality in Persianate Islamic Societies. Both these projects engage contemporary academic debates regarding language, historiography, and history on the basis of materials of Islamic provenance. Most recently, he was named an inaugural Andrew F. Carnegie Fellow for the academic year 2015-16.

December 2:     Zeke Piestrup, Film Maker and Television Host (In-Class Lecture)