Distinguished Speakers Series
12th Annual Distinguished Speaker
The Department welcomes Dr. Eric Haruki Swanson.
Professor of Theological Studies, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University
Conquering Evil and Peace of Mind: Negotiating Salvation in Esoteric Buddhism in Meiji Japan
Date: Friday, June 4th
Time: 4:00 PM
Zoom Registration: alumni.wwu.edu/event/conquering-evil-and-peace-mind
Previous Distinguished Speakers
Professor Don Baker - April 2019
Professor of Korean History, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
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
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"