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Scholar Peter D. Hershock draws on Buddhist concepts to address value of diversity in lecture, September 25, 2014

A decade and a half into the 21st century, people have come to accept that diversity matters in education, in the workplace, and in politics.  But if diversity is just a numeric measure of multiplicity, why should it be celebrated and cultivated? Dr. Peter D. Hershock, director of the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’I, will deliver a lecture that considers this question. His talk, “Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflections on Equity and Education,” will be held on Thursday, September 25, at 5:30 pm in Taylor Hall, room 203. This event is free and open to the public.

Making use of both contemporary social theory and Buddhist conceptual resources, Dr. Hershock’s talk will make a case that valuing diversity as a distinctive relational quality can play key roles both in bringing about more equitable forms of global interdependence and in advancing the public good purposes of education.

Dr. Hershock has earned degrees from Yale University and the University of Hawai’i and has focused his research on the philosophical dimensions of Buddhism and on using Buddhist conceptual resources to address contemporary issues. He has published widely on technology and development, education, human rights, diversity, and the role of values in cultural and social change. His most recent books are Public Zen/Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction and Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future.

This lecture is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the Office of the Dean of Faculty, and the Philosophy, Religion, Chinese and Japanese, Geography and Education Departments.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, August 28, 2014