The Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture provides the University of Arizona with a research and outreach center that addresses the renewed role of religion in international politics and in societies across the globe and situates that role in historical perspective. It is essential for the land-grant mission of the University of Arizona to engage the fundamental question of religion's impact on all human societies and cultures. As a public university, the University of Arizona recognizes that a non-sectarian understanding of religion and its role in culture is central to its educational mission, and the Institute provides an opportunity to align this aspect of the UA mission with the pressing realities of our day.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer, among America’s leading teachers of Buddhist study and practice, will be reading from and discussing his work at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street, Tucson, Friday, February 16, 7 p.m., admission free. On Saturday, February 17, Fischer will also be conducting a creative writing workshop and two sessions of sitting meditation with dharma talks.
Fri., Feb. 16, 3:30–4:30 PM | COLLOQUIUM East Asian and Buddhist Studies, Copper Room, UA Memorial Student Union
Sat., Feb. 17, 9:30–11:30 AM* | CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP AND DISCUSSION. Tucson Osteopathic Foundation, 3182 N. Swan Road
1:30–5 PM* | MEDITATION SIT AND DHARMA TALK sponsored by Tucson Upaya Sangha. Tucson Osteopathic Foundation, 3182 N. Swan Road
*BOTH events are free to UA students with ID. Open to the public, $20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration is required, contact: email@example.com
Sat., Feb. 17, 7:30 PM | POETRY READING. Fischer reads with poet and University professor Tenney Nathanson, sponsored by POG. Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W. Sixth Street. $5 admission, $3 students.
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