Colloquium on Buddhism and Social Discrimination in Japan

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The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, announce a Colloquium on issues in Buddhism and Social Discrimination in Japan, to take place from 4 to 6PM on March 1 in Dwinelle Hall 287. This event is free and open to the public but if you plan to attend, please contact Kumi Hadler at to let us know so we have a sense of how many people to expect. Please note that the March 1 date has been selected as the afternoon before the start of the Tannishō Workshop and the papers will have a strong Shinshū content, so participants in the Workshop are encouraged to try to arrange their travel schedule to attend this Colloquium as well.  Below are the three talks to be presented.

"Kegawarashii: Discrimination against Funeral Workers in Japan, Medieval and Modern". Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College

"Public Health and Propaganda: Shin Buddhism and the Campaign to Eradicate Leprosy in the 1930s". Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

"Practicing Ethics in Contemporary Shin Buddhism: Deconstructing Stigma at a Former Leprosarium". Jessica Starling, Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College