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Ansari Institute and Religions for Peace Announce Strategic Partnership

Author: Josh Stowe

The Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion is partnering with Religions for Peace, the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious movement advancing common action for peace. The partnership will allow the two organizations to work together on joint educational initiatives, collaborate on projects designed to advance understanding of interreligious work, and research multi-religious collaborative programs on human rights, peace and security, and sustainable development at various country levels.…

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Ansari faculty fellow Karrie Koesel testifies on religious freedom in China

Author: Colleen Sharkey

Koesel Karrie Medium Feature

The associate professor will testify on the People’s Republic of China’s strategies for asserting party control over religion, especially through sinicization, which calls on religious believers to integrate party loyalty into all aspects of religious life. She'll offer recommendations for how Congress and the Biden administration can effectively advocate for freedom of religion in China.

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On Poland trip, students reflect on religion, international law, and violence

Author: Josh Stowe

Powell Narrative Empathy

This summer, Charles W. Powell and Emilia Justyna Powell taught a summer study abroad course that challenged students to learn about atrocities such as genocide and crimes against humanity—including the Holocaust—in the context of international law, and to explore the role religion has played in international law.

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Exploring Buddhism and the imagination: A conversation with faculty member Alexander Hsu

Author: Josh Stowe

Alex Hsu

In June, Ansari Institute faculty member Alexander Hsu attended “The Imagination and Imaginal Worlds in the Mirror of Buddhism,” a two-week summer institute offered through the National Endowment for the Humanities. The gathering, held at Mangalam Research Center in Berkeley, Calif., featured a mix of scholarly presentations, Q&A with faculty, and breakout sessions, all built around the concepts of Buddhism and imagination. Here, Hsu reflects on the experience, and the inspiration he drew from it as a scholar of Buddhism—and as a teacher.

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Events

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Ansari Institute Nasr Book Prize Symposium

Time: Sun Oct 2, 2022, All Day

Location: Morris Inn Smith Ballroom | Zoom Webinar

Tyson Yunakporta Sand Talk

The Ansari Institute invites you to its Nasr Book Prize Symposium Oct. 2-3 in the Morris Inn Smith Ballroom at the University of Notre Dame. The institute will honor Dr. Tyson Yunkaporta, an Indigenous Australian scholar and the author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, with this recognition. Dr. Yunkaporta's book, which has earned widespread acclaim, raises important questions and brings Indigenous ways of knowing to the critical examination of global systems.

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Monday, October 3, 2022

Ansari Institute Nasr Book Prize Symposium

Time: Mon Oct 3, 2022, All Day

Location: Morris Inn Smith Ballroom | Zoom Webinar

Tyson Yunakporta Sand Talk

The Ansari Institute invites you to its Nasr Book Prize Symposium Oct. 2-3 in the Morris Inn Smith Ballroom at the University of Notre Dame. The institute will honor Dr. Tyson Yunkaporta, an Indigenous Australian scholar and the author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, with this recognition. Dr. Yunkaporta's book, which has earned widespread acclaim, raises important questions and brings Indigenous ways of knowing to the critical examination of global systems.

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Monday, October 24, 2022

The Irish Buddhist: Transnational Buddhism and Opposition to Empire

Time: Mon Oct 24, 2022, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

ABOUT THE LECTURE From 1900 to 1914 U Dhammaloka, a working-class Irish sailor who ordained as a Buddhist monk in Burma, organized missions across Southeast Asia to promote Buddhism and rail against British colonialism. As remarkable as his exploits were, study of Dhammaloka’s career reveals an even more fascinating network of Asian Buddhists organizers and a broader movement of plebian cosmopolitanism which constructed its own conceptions of what Buddhism, belonging and reform might mean. This talk will provide a glimpse into these networks in Rangoon, Bangkok, Singapore and Penang and discuss how paying attention to the religious connections of working class people in colonial areas across Asia can work to reorient the study of religion.…

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