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barry kerzin Barry Kerzin

Thursday, March 27, 2014

7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room, Neilson Library

Meditation and its Effect on the Brain

The traditional medical dogma has been that there is "communication" or "coordination" across parts of the brain that are adjacent and only millimeters away. New findings with long-term meditators suggest a global synchrony across the whole cortex. Kerzin will explore some of this exciting new research on meditation and how it affects the brain..

Barry Kerzin is a doctor who has spent 25 years in Dharamsala serving as a physician to many high lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and providing charitable medical care to the poor. Ordained as a Buddhist monk by the Dalai Lama, Kerzin teaches compassion and secular ethics in medical schools internationally. Kerzin is the author of several books, and is the founder and chairman of the Human Values Institute in Japan, founder of president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute, and a consultant to the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany.

Presented by the Kahn Institute short-term projectTraditional Eastern Medicine, March 27-29. Free and open to the public.


penelope umbrico Penelope Umbrico

Monday, March 31

Noon, Neilson Browsing Room, Neilson Library

A Change of Subject: From the Individual to the Collective (and back again)

Umbrico will talk about her photo-based installations, video, and digital media works that explore the ever-changing technologies of image-making, and the ever-increasing production and consumption of images on the Internet. Utilizing photo-sharing and consumer websites as an expensive archive, she navigates between producer and consumer, and the individual and the collective. For Umbrico, all images within this emergent environment are evidence of something other than what they depict.

Penelope Umbrico is a photo-based artist whose work explores the production and consumption of photographs. She has exhibited widely and her work is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among ohters.

Presented by the Kahn Institute long-term project Regarding Images. Free and open to the public.


julie cooper
Julie Cooper

Thursday, April 3

5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room, Neilson Library

Democracy and Theocracy in Jewish Political Thought: From Baruch Spinoza to Michael Walzer

Julie Cooper will explore the legacy of Baruch Spinoza's critique of theocracy for contemporary projects, spearheaded by Michael Walzer, to establish Jewish political thought as an academic field. As set by Walzer and his colleagues, the field's research agenda includes the demonstration that Jewish political thought is not inherently theocratic. With this demonstration, Walzer would rebut charges that Judaism is inimical to democracy. Yet Walzer also seeks to discredit what he considers a characteristically Jewish argument--the argument that theocracy is a radically democratic, egalitarian regime. Tracing this argument's origins to Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise, Cooper will show that sovereignty's status as the defining horizon of the political is what is at stake when Jewish thinkers reject theocracy in the name of politics. Constrained by Spinozist assumptions, Walzer remains reluctant to pursue the challenge to norms of state sovereignty that, by his own admission, the Jewish political tradition invites.

Julie Cooper, assistant professor of political science, University of Chicago, studies the history of political theory, with a particular focus on the early modern period. She is the author of Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought.

Presented by the Kahn Institute long-term project Placing Space. Free and open to the public.





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