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September 2016

Lodro Rinzler public talk – “The Buddha Walks into a Bar: Meditation and Saving the World”

Sep 8

Time: September 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: Ford Chapel

Lodro Rinzler is a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, who began meditating as a child and sitting retreats as a teenager. While in college at Wesleyan University, he became a Vajrayana student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and also established Buddhist House, an eighteen person dorm at Wesleyan University which hosts a large meditation room. After leaving college he was recruited to the position of the Executive Director of the Boston Shambhala Center. He began leading numerous workshops…

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Claude AnShin Thomas public talk: Seeds of War, Seeds of Peace

Sep 20

Time: September 20 @ 7:20 pm - 8:20 pm
Venue: Tillotson Room at the Tippie Alumni Center

Claude AnShin Thomas is a Meadville native and Vietnam veteran who is now a fully ordained Zen Buddhist Monk in the Japanese Soto Zen Tradition. He is the author of AT HELL’S GATE: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace (Shambhala 2004), and the founder of the Zaltho Foundation, a spiritually based foundation committed to ending violence by encouraging and establishing socially engaged projects in schools, communities, organizations and families, with an emphasis on the most important ingredient, the individual.…

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October 2016

Peterson Toscano public talk: “Everything Is Related – An Evening of Stories, Many Weird, Most True”

Oct 19

Time: October 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: Ford Chapel

Through his one-person comedies and lively lectures, Peterson Toscano has delighted audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Africa as he takes on social justice concerns. His plays and talks humorously explore the serious topics of LGBTQ issues, sexism, racism, violence, gender, and climate change. In “Everything Is Related,” Peterson connects issues and ideas to bizarre personal experiences, literature, science, and even the odd Bible story, taking his audience on an off-beat mental mind trip. A shapeshifter, he transforms right before…

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November 2016

Yuval Ron Ensemble public performance: “The Mystical Music of the Middle East”

Nov 5

Time: November 5 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: Shafer Auditorium

Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. This program, the Mystical Music of the Middle East, features songs of Sufi origin from Turkey,…

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February 20172017

Afaa Michael Weaver, poet (Single Voice Series)

Feb 2

Time: February 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center

Afaa Michael Weaver’s fourteen collections of poetry include My Father’s Geography, Timber and Prayer, Multitudes, and the three books that make up The Plum Flower Trilogy. Weaver has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, a 2002 Fulbright Scholar appointment to Taiwan, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He teaches in Drew University’s MFA Program.

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