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Winter 2016

Friday January 29, 2016,  5:00pm, Book Launch, Paragraphe Books, 2220 McGill College,

Professor Lara Braitstein, Associate Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhsim, The Adamantine Songs: Study, Translation and Tibetan Critical Edition.

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Thursday February 18, 2016, 12:00, Book Launch, Birks Heritage Chapel, 

Stuart A. Wright & Susan J. Palmer, Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religious Communities

Stuart A. Wright is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice at Lamar. He is a former NIH Research Fellow (Yale) and Rockefeller Foundation Scholar (Bellagio, Italy). He is known internationally for his research on religious and political movements, conflict and violence.

Susan J. Palmer is a Canadian sociologist of religion. She is an Affiliate Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, where she teaches courses on religion and music history. She is a researcher in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. Her primary research interest is in new religious movements, and she is the author of 11 books based on her research in this field.

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Wednesday March 16, 2016, 5:30pm, Birks Heritage Chapel, 3520 University

Zorba the Buddha: Sexuality, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement

Thursday March 17, 2016, 5:30pm, Birks Heritage Chapel, 3520 University

The Wall of Fire: Scientology and the Study of Religious Secrecy

Lectures by Prof. Hugh Urban, Department of Comparative Studies, Ohio State University

Hugh B. Urban is a professor of Religious Studies and South Asian Studies at Ohio State University. He is primarily interested in the study of secrecy in religion, particularly in relation to questions of knowledge and power. He is the author of nine books, including "Tantra: Secrecy, Politics and Power in the Study of Religion" (2003), "The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion" (2011), and "Zorba the Buddha: Sex, Spirituality and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement" (2016).

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Thursday March 24, 2016, 5:30pm, Birks Heritage Chapel, 3520 University

Theosophy, Translation, and the Mediation of Hinduism

Lecture by Prof. Gauri Viswanathan, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Gauri Viswanathan is Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She has published widely on education, religion, and culture; nineteenth-century British and colonial cultural studies; and the history of modern disciplines. She is author of the award-winning books Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India (Columbia, 1989; Oxford, 1998) and Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity and Belief (Princeton, 1998). Prof. Viswanathan’s current work is on genealogies of secularism and the writing of alternative religious histories via Theosophy. She is a network partner in the international research project "Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, Modernism, and the Arts," funded by the Leverhulme Trust in the UK.

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Past events Fall 2015

October 2-4, 2015

2e Colloque International, Société Francophone de Philosophie de la Religion

Religion et Vérité: Taches et défies d’une philosophie de la religion a l’Age séculier


Monday October 5, 2015

Adaptations of Early Brahminical Sacrificial Traditions in Buddhist Literature, CREOR Lecture by Professor S. S. Bahulkar

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