Penn Lightbulb Café Explores prof. justin McDaniel's Course: Living Deliberately -- Monks, Saints and the Contemplative Life


Justin McDaniel


WHAT:           Penn Lightbulb Café talk, “Living Deliberately: Monks, Saints and the Contemplative Life

WHEN:           Tuesday, April 16, 6-7 p.m. 

Event Date: 
04/16/2013 - 6:00pm

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Paul McBain

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Having lived and worked in Thailand for a number of years, Paul McBain decided to learn more about Buddhism from an academic perspective. He did his BA at SOAS in Japanese and has an MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Currently, he is interested in studying Thai Buddhism from the perspective of literature and film, and comparing this to similar approaches in Japanese Studies.

Summary of Interests: 
Thai Buddhism
Literature & Film
Japanese Studies

Aditya Bhattacharjee

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Born in Bombay, India and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Aditya discovered an academic interest in South and Southeast Asian civilization while pursuing BA and MA degrees in Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal.  He is a fluent speaker of Hindi, French and Bengali and has studied Sanskrit for a number of years at McGill and at the American Institute of Indian Studies' (AIIS) Pune Center.  Currently, he is interested in investigating interrelatedness between Hinduism and Buddhism in both pre-modern and contemporary Thai religion.  Additionally, he is continuting to i

Summary of Interests: 
Buddhist Studies

Ali Noori

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Mysticism and Philosophy
Islamic Intellectual History

Ali Noori received his Bachelor's in Philosophy and Near Eastern Intellectual History from the City University of New York Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, where he studied sources of early Islamic philosophy and the evolving authority of Greek philosophers therein.  His honors thesis was titled: “Ibn Sīnā’s Adaptation of Aristotle’s Active Intellect: Paving the Way for Philosophical Sufism.” 

Summary of Interests: 
Mysticism and Philosophy
Islamic Intellectual History

Max Dugan

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Max received a Bachelor's in religious studies with highest honors from Kenyon College, along with a minor in Arabic and concentration in Islamic Civilizations and Cultures. He is primarily interested in visual and material religion in Islam, specifically in North America. Liable to change in the near future, he is currently researching tattoos and basketball.

Summary of Interests: 
Visual & Material Religion
Islam in North America

Guy R. Welbon

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Associate Professor of Religious Studies & South Asia Studies, Emeritus
Ph.D. (with distinction), The University of Chicago, 1963
A.M. Northwestern University, 1960
B.S.J. ("With Highest Distinction") Northwestern University, 1958
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Stephen Dunning

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Professor of Religious Studies (emeritus)

Ph.D., The Study of Religion (Christian Theology), Harvard University, 1977
M.Div., Comparative Religion, Harvard Divinity School, 1969
B.A., Goddard College (Education and Psychology), 1964

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