Distinguished Speakers Series

13th Annual Distinguished Speaker

2022 Guest Speaker Professor Judith Weisenfeld

Agate Brown and George L Collord Professor
Chair, Department of Religion, Princeton University



Date:  April, 2022 (Date TBD)

Time:  TBD

Zoom Registration: 

Previous Distinguished Speakers


Professor Eric Swanson - June 2021

Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University 

Conquering Evil and Peace of Mind: Negotiating Salvation in Esoteric Buddhism in Meiji Japan

Professor Don Baker - April 2019

Professor of Korean History, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

The Two Koreas A Historian’s Perspective on What the Future Holds

Professor Philip Lutgendorf - April 2018

Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies and has taught in the University of Iowa’s Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature

Chai Why? The Making of the Indian "National Drink"


Professor Kathryn Lofton - April 2017

Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, and History; Chair, Religious Studies; Deputy Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development, Yale University 

“Popular Religion in American Democracy”

Professor Fiona Somerset - April 2016 

Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Connecticut

"Exacting Consent: Silent Consent and Public Voice from Chaucer to the Twenty-first Century"

Professor Robert Goldman - February 2015

Professor of Sanskrit in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

"A Tale of Three Cities: Valmiki's Ramayana and the Foundations of the Culture, Society and Religion in Early India"

Professor Jessica Main - March 2014

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chair in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, Institute of Asian Research and Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

"Buddhism and Human Rights: From 19th Century Reformers to Contemporary Advocates"

Professor Nile Green - April 2013

Professor of South Asian & Islamic History and Director for the Program on Central Asia, University of California, Los Angeles

"The Muslim Discovery of Printing: A Moment in Global History"

Professor Christian Novetzke - March 2012

Associate Professor of South Asia Studies and Comparative Religion, University of Washington

"Stretching Religion: Yoga in Philosophy, Temple Architecture, and Gandhi's India"

Professor Karin Bauer - Spring 2011

Professor of German Studies, McGill University

"Representations of Terrorism and Mass-Media"

Professor Timothy Brook - February 2010

Republic of China Chair, Department of History and Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

"Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century: A China Connection?"

Professor David Nirenberg - February 2009

Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Social Thought, Medieval History, Middle East Studies, and the College; Dean of the Social Sciences Division, University of Chicago

"Sibling Rivalries: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam"