Buddhism under Pol Pot – Lecture @ U of T Scarborough, 11.4.11

Buddhism around the World Education Events Theravada Toronto

The Arts & Events Programming website at the University lists this item for 7:00 pm, Friday, November 4, in room AA112 at the Scarborough campus.

Tung Lin Kok Yuen Public Lecture Series presents:
Buddhism Under Pol Pot

TLKY Distinguished Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies, Dr. Ian Harris, will give a free public lecture examining the violent and repressive conditions faced by Cambodian Buddhist monks as Cambodia unravelled through the 1970s. Please RSVP for this event by contacting AEP at aep-rsvp@utsc.utoronto.ca or 416 208 4769.

The public lecture given by Dr. Harris will examine a modern experience of Buddhism encountering political conflict. Dr. Harris will look at the struggles of Buddhist monks in the face of a violent and repressive regime in Cambodia in the 1970s. He will consider the regional variations in the Khmer Rouge’s treatment of religion, the number of monks that perished, monastic survivors, the re-establishment of Cambodian Buddhism, and the development of Cambodia’s violent communist movement after the fall of Pol Pot.
Dr. Ian Harris is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cumbria. His current research interests focus on the modern and contemporary history of Cambodia, Buddhism and politics in Southeast Asia, Buddhist environmentalism, and landscape aesthetics. Dr. Harris has held previous visiting professor positions at the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia, the National University of Singapore, and the Documentary Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. His most recent books are Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice and Buddhism Under Pol Pot.
Admission to the lecture is FREE. To reserve your spot, please contact Arts & Events Programming at aep-rsvp@utsc.utoronto.caor at 416 208 4769. Please note that for those travelling from downtown Toronto, a free shuttle bus will depart from Hart House Circle at 5:30pm and will return once the lecture is over at 9:00pm. To RSVP for the bus, please email aep-rsvp@utsc.utoronto.ca.

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