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Edmund Perry Lecture: Teaching Buddhism in the Western Academy

When: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Central

Where: Kresge Hall, 1515 Auditorium, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Religious Studies Department   (847) 491-3611

Group: Religious Studies Department

Category: Academic


Presented by Jan Willis (Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University)

Jan Willis is Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She has studied with Tibetan Buddhists in India, Nepal, Switzerland, and the U.S. for five decades, and has taught courses in Buddhism for over forty years.

She is the author of The Diamond Light: An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation (1972), On Knowing Reality: The Tattvartha Chapter of Asanga’s Bodhisattvabhumi (1979), Enlightened Beings: Life Stories from the Ganden Oral Tradition (1995); and the editor of Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet (1989). In 2001 her memoir first appeared and was reissued in 2008 as Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2008).

Additionally, Willis has published numerous articles and essays on various topics in Buddhism—Buddhist meditation, hagiography, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race.

In December of 2000, TIME magazine named Willis one of six “spiritual innovators for the new millennium.” In 2003, she was a recipient of Wesleyan University’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Newsweek magazine’s “Spirituality in America” issue in September of 2005 included a profile of Willis and, in its May 2007 edition, Ebony magazine named Willis one of its “Power 150” most influential African Americans.

The event will be held both in-person and virtually. When registering, please indicate if you would like to attend IN-PERSON or VIRTUALLY (via Zoom).

* For in-person attendees, please see the University COVID-19 Guidelines and Updates.
* For virtual attendees, the event will be available via Zoom. We will email you more information on how to connect online a day before the event

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