Donald Lopez Jr., Jane McAuliffe and Jack Miles discuss "The Norton Anthology of World Religions" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link distinguished university professor of Buddhist and Tibetan studies at the University of Michigan. He has a doctorate in Buddhist studies from the University of Virginia and specializes in late Indian Mahayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. Lopez has delivered numerous lectures and written extensively on Buddhism. His published books include "From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha," "Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed" and "Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West." Most recently, Lopez edited and contributed to "The Norton Anthology of World Religions."
Speaker Biography: Jane McAuliffe is the director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress, where she previously served as the director of the John W. Kluge Center and head of the Office of Scholarly Programs. She is a distinguished scholar specializing in Islamic studies and was the eighth president of Bryn Mawr College. Previously, McAuliffe served as the dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University and worked at Emory University and the University of Toronto. Her published books include "Qur'anic Christians: An Analysis of Classical and Modern Exegesis," "Cambridge Companion to the Qur'an" and "Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an." Most recently, she edited and contributed to "The Norton Anthology of World Religions."
Speaker Biography: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack Miles is a distinguished professor of English and religious studies at the University of California at Irvine and a fellow for religious affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and other publications. His published books include "God: A Biography" and "Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God." Most recently, Miles was the general editor of "The Norton Anthology of World Religions."
One of the world’s most prominent intellectuals, Amartya Sen, discusses the origin for the book title, The Country of First Boys.
Time and again Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate and polymath, has stimulated our thoughts and world-view through his ideas. In his new collection of cultural essays Sen examines social justice and welfare, by addressing some of the fundamental issues of our time like deprivation, disparity, hunger, illiteracy, alienation, globalization, media, freedom of speech, injustice, inequality, exclusion, and exploitation.