Oct. 16 *
Panel on “Translating the Dharma in Buddhist Asia” featuring guest Paul Harrison (Co-Director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford), Daniel Veidlinger (Comparative Religion) and Jason Clower (Comparative Religion)
Trinity 100, 5-6:30 pm, followed by a reception.
The most extensive project of cultural transmission in pre-modern history was the translation of thousands of Buddhist texts from Sanskrit and other Indian languages into Chinese, Tibetan and other Asian languages. This panel will discuss how this was done and the effects of this massive undertaking. Professor Harrison specializes in Buddhist literature and history, especially that of the Mahayana, and the study of Buddhist manuscripts in Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan.
Humanities Center Talk and Reading
7:30 pm, Trinity 100. Reception will follow.
With an “unflinchingly curious mind,” celebrated poet Forrest Gander has become known for the richness of his language and his undaunted lyric passion. A translator, essayist, and editor, Gander is the author of more than a dozen books. His 2011 poetry collection Core Samples from the World was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books include his gemlike first novel As A Friend (2008); the poetry collections Eye Against Eye (with photographs by Sally Mann); Torn Awake; Science & Steepleflower; and the essay collection Faithful Existence: Reading, Memory & Transcendence.
Gander’s translations include Watchword, the Villaurrutia Award-winning book by Mexican Poet Laureate Pura Lopez Colome (2012); Spectacle & Pigsty, a co-translation with Kyoko Yoshida of selected poems by contemporary Japanese poet Kiwao Nomura (2011), which won the Best Translated Book Award for 2012; and Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho (2008), which was a finalist for the PEN Translation Prize. Gander’s essays have appeared in The Nation, The Boston Review, and American Poetry Review, among others.
In 2008, Gander was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, and is also the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations; and he has received two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry.
Gander lives in Rhode Island, where he is professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown University. He teaches courses on phenomenology and poetics, Asian-American literature, and translation.
Peggy Shumaker Poetry Reading.
Trinity 100, 7:30 pm.
Co-sponsored with Writer’s Voice.
Peggy Shumaker’s most recent book is Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Her work was honored with a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She served as Alaska State Writer Laureate from 2010-2012. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, she teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA Program. Please visit her website at www.peggyshumaker.com.