Francisca Cho

Video: Ritual Apparitions and a Buddhist Theory of Film

April 2, 2018

Francisca Cho proposes that Buddhist epistemic frameworks regarding the nature of ritual apparitions offer an account of the religious possibilities of film that is absent in Western phenomenological conversations on the same topic.


Video: Arvo Pärt's White Light: A Panel and Performance

March 26, 2018

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world today. His style is often characterized as a “mystic” or “holy” minimalism, inspired in part by Gregorian chant. This panel explores the religious dimensions of Pärt’s music and how it has been received, performed, and adapted for various vocal and instrumental ensembles.


Video: Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism

March 6, 2018

Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity (HDS), discusses his recent publication, Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism. Terry Tempest Williams (HDS) and Rebecca Kneale Gould (Middlebury College) serve as respondents.


Video: The Spacetime of Dreams

March 5, 2018

This talk examines the higher-dimensional time theories of the British aviator and writer John Dunne. Dunne developed a theory of time in which human beings transcended time and space in dreams. His views reverberated throughout popular culture in Europe and America, inspiring writers—including the British broadcaster and novelist J.B. Priestley, H.G. Wells, and Christian writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis—seeking ways of transcending the terrors of the world wars or triumphing over suffering and death.


Video: The End of White Christian America: A Conversation with E.J. Dionne and Robert P. Jones

February 21, 2018

America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. Journalist, author, commentator, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and Dr. Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America, discuss this seismic change, its impact on the politics and social values of the United States, and its implications for the future.... Read more about Video: The End of White Christian America: A Conversation with E.J. Dionne and Robert P. Jones


Video: Dharma Gaze: Practices of Buddhism and Poetry—An Evening with Anne Waldman

February 15, 2018

Based on personal study and experience, Anne Waldman speaks on the refuge and Bodhisattva vows, the Six Realms of Existence, “co-emergent wisdom” and a parallel vow to poetry, and the joys and contradictions therein. She integrates her own poetry, particular writers associated with the Beat Literary Movement, and Giorgio Agamben’s notion of being contemporary with one’s time as “looking into the darkness.”