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Carleton Announces its 2013 Lindesmith Lecture, “A Buddhist Imagines Islam: Gendün Chöphel in India”

May 1, 2013

Carleton College will present its 2013 Lindesmith Lecture on Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Boliou Hall Room 104. Entitled “A Buddhist Imagines Islam: Gendün Chöphel in India,” the lecture will be given by Donald S. Lopez Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and the Department Chair at the University of Michigan. This event is free and open to the public.

Gendün Chöphel was a Tibetan artist, writer and scholar. He was a creative and controversial figure and he is considered by many to have been one of the most important Tibetan intellectuals of the twentieth century.

Lopez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has written and edited many books on various aspects of the religions of Asia. He specializes in late Indian Mahayana Buddhism and in Tibetan Buddhism. Among his books are “Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed” (The University of Chicago Press, 2008), “The Madman’s Middle Way” (The University of Chicago Press, 2005), and “Buddhism: An Introduction and Guide” (Penguin UK, 2001). Lopez earned a BA in religious studies, an MA in Buddhist studies, and a PhD in Buddhist studies – all from the University of Virginia.

This event is made possible by the Lindesmith Distinguished Lecturer Fund and is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of Asian Studies and Religion. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4232. Boliou Hall is accessible via Highway 19 in Northfield.