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Arjun Kumar Sharma Memorial Lecture

October 18, 2014

Rev. Francis X. Clooney, SJ, will be the distinguished speaker for the 2014 Arjun Kumar Sharma Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m.,  Oct. 17 at Regnier Hall, KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira, Overland Park, Kansas. Father Clooney is Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School, and he is Director of Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions. “Reading and Writing as Spiritual Practices” is the topic of his address.

This program, sponsored by the AUM Foundation and hosted by the Vedanta Society of Kansas City, will be the fifth Arjun Kumar Sharma Memorial Lecture. The evening will include a classical Indian music prelude featuring vocalist Nirmala Rajasekar. A reception will follow Father Clooney’s talk.

At 10:30 a.m.,  Oct. 18,  Father Clooney will also speak at the Vedanta Society, 8701 Ward Parkway. He will continue his talk in greater depth on “Reading and Writing as Spiritual Practices.” Admission to both programs is free, and all are welcome.

After earning his doctorate in South Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago, Father Clooney taught at Boston College for 21 years. He has been atHarvard since 2005. Father Clooney blogs regularly online in the “In All Things” section of America, The National Catholic Review. http://americamagazine.org/search/node/.  He has written numerous articles and books, including Beyond Compare: St Francis de Sales and Sri Vedanta Desika on Loving Surrender to God (Georgetown Press, 2008), and Comparative Theology: Deep Learning across Religious Borders (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). He edited The New Comparative Theology: Interreligious Insights from the Next Generation (Continuum, 2010). www.vedantakc.org  or (816) 444-8045 for more information.

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