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Barniyan Buddha
Barniyan Buddha

Barniyan Buddha

ST. MARY’S CITY— Can reconstruction of a destroyed cultural landmark serve to restore spirit to an entire country?

On Thursday, Nov. 1, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, James Janowski, professor of philosophy at Hampden-Sydney College, will raise ethical and philosophical questions in his presentation on the possible reconstruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas statues in Afghanistan. The talk “Restoring Spirit: Dresden’s Frauenkirche as Model for Bamiyan’s Buddhas?” will take place at 8:15 p.m. in the college’s Cole Cinema. It is free and open to the public.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy and the departments of Asian studies, philosophy and religious studies, and museum studies.

Also, on Thursday, Nov. 8, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, author Yona Harvey will read from her work as part of the third installment of the VOICES Reading Series. Harvey is an associate teaching professor and director of the creative writing program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. The reading will take place in Daugherty-Palmer Commons at 8:15 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, “Hemming the Water” (Four Way Books: New York, 2013), and the recipient of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Individual Artist grant for 2012. Her current project is a collection of nonfiction about religious upbringing and sibling birth order.

The VOICES Reading Series is presented by the English department at St. Mary’s College. For more information about the event, contact Karen Anderson at 240-895-2017 or klanderson@smcm.edu.

Source: St. Mary’s College of Maryland

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