Fall 2018: Asian Religions and Spirituality in America — COLA 1500-029



Fall 2018: Asian Religions and Spirituality in America — COLA 1500-029


Tue. Aug 28, 2018 - Fri. Dec 7, 2018 (15 weeks)
Every Tuesday from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM


Lower West Oval Room 102

This course will explore the varied roles in American culture of Asian religions, particularly forms of Buddhism and Hinduism. One goal will be to learn how these traditions have taken hold in the U.S. (at different times and places and in different ways). We will explore the originary links between Asia and America as Asian traditions arrive and then explore case studies (e.g., Japanese interment, yoga, and mindfulness meditation) that enable us to trace different traditions’ fortunes in the American scene. Such explorations will allow us to consider what the relative success of these traditions and movements, as well as the ways they change and evolve in American culture, can tell us about the nature of spirituality and religious change in the U.S. (and even abroad, as the two realms are enmeshed in our globalized world).
* 1 credit
Instructor: Erik Braun (
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