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March 22, 2016

Buddhism and Science

A public lecture by Dr. Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Columbia University


Professor Thurman is the pre-eminent scholar of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, founder and president of Tibet House, an intimate friend and colleague of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and a prolific author and scholar.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

7:00 pm

Lillis 182

955 E. 13th Ave. University of Oregon

Respondent, Dr. Mark Johnson, Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon

Book signing to follow.

Co-sponsored by Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Department of Religious Studies, and Oregon Humanities Center

“The Spiritual Power of the Outrageous: Holy Fools in Eastern Orthodox Christianity”

Lecture by Priscilla Hunt

Holy Foolishness emerged within Eastern Orthodox Christianity, flourished in medieval Russia, and is alive in Russia today. Originating in ancient Byzantium, its defining characteristic is an imitation of Christ through an exhibition of madness. The fool engages in outrageous behavior to provoke a response from the audience that is a form of spiritual teaching and catalyst to personal change.

This presentation will introduce the holy foolish behavioral paradigm and describe its place in the culture of the Byzantine and Russian Middle Ages. We will investigate how the fool combines madness, provocation, and the holy, and what this tells us about the Russian reception of Eastern Orthodoxy.

April 12, 2016


Gerlinger Lounge

1468 University Street



Sponsored by the University of Oregon Gaston Fund in Religious Studies.

March 2, 2015

“The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins”

Lecture by Stephen Patterson, Willamette University.

In this lecture, Stephen J. Patterson will show how the Gospel of Thomas and a lost gospel known simply as “Q” have changed the way scholars imagine Christian origins.

March 10, 2015


Gerlinger Lounge


Sponsored by University of Oregon Gaston Fund in Religious Studies.
February 2, 2015

“The Debate over Islam’s Origins and an Enigmatic Arabic Papyrus”

Lecture by Fred Donner, Professor of Near Eastern History at the University of Chicago.

February 20, 2015


Lillis 112

Fred Donner

Sponsored by the Gaston Fund in Religious Studies.
August 13, 2014

Trip to Mt. Pisgah

The religious studies department will be hosting a Fall Fieldtrip to Mt. Pisgah, just east of Eugene, on the afternoon of Friday October 10. The exact time of the trip will be decided by the participants. Snacks will be provided, and participation is FREE to all REL majors, minors, staff and faculty. Fill out the short form “REL Fall Field Trip” by October 3 to register: