"The Future of Pluralism: Civic and Theological Questions" A Lecture by Dr. Diana Eck

Dr. Diana Eck will give the Cousland Lecture this year at Emmanuel College On March 29 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Room 119. Diana Eck is Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies, Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Harvard University.

Diana Eck's academic work has a dual focus—India and America. Her work on India focuses on popular religion, especially temples and places of pilgrimage, called tirthas. Her books include Banaras: City of Light and Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India and her most recent work, India: A Sacred Geography, published in 2012.

Her work on the United States focuses especially on the challenges of religious pluralism in a multi-religious society. Since 1991, she has headed the Pluralism Project, which explores and interprets the religious dimensions of America's new immigration; the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian communities in the United States; and the new issues of religious pluralism and American civil society. 

Eck works closely with churches on issues of inter-religious relations, including her own United Methodist Church and the World Council of Churches. She is currently chair of the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches. In 2009 Eck delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, a series of six lectures titled "The Age of Pluralism."

The Lecture will be followed by a Reception.

RSVPs to betsy.anderson@utoronto.ca are welcome.

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The Cousland Lecture series was begun in 1961-62 when students and Alumni/ae established the lectures in recognition of retiring Emmanuel College principal, Dr. Kenneth H. Cousland.  Dr. Cousland was the professor of Church History from the founding of the College in 1928 and the principal from 1956 until his retirement in 1963.The lecture fund was established with the intention to invite renowned scholars and Christian leaders to speak on topics of current theological interest and historic value.

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