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Philosophy & Religion Progarms

Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to experience Awaken, a unique exhibition that gathers spectacular objects of Buddhist art from across the centuries into a series of immersive spaces that trace a journey to spiritual enlightenment. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Many Westerners are familiar with Taoism as a set of teachings that center on following nature and nurturing the spirit in this life. Learn about another component of Taoist thought and practice: the search for immortality.

Event date
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Meditation teacher Hugh Byrne explains how mindfulness works and how practicing it can promote a deeper and richer awareness of our inner self, among other benefits.

Event date
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The vibes of peace, love, and nature that shaped the counterculture of the 1960s have a connection that might have surprised some of its laid-back proponents: the landscape of 19th-century New England transcendentalism. Bill Dinges, a professor of religion and culture at Catholic University, explores this notable American intellectual movement and how it inspired the activism, literature, and religion of that turbulent decade and beyond.

Event date
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Scholars of the New Testament and early Christianity continue to debate a number of crucial issues that matter not only to people of faith, but also to anyone interested in the history of the world’s largest religion. Following his previous “great controversies” seminar, Bart Ehrman, a leading authority on early Christianity, the New Testament, and the life of Jesus, returns to explore four more intriguing questions of faith and Biblical scholarship.

Event date
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.