Dr. Janice Willis, Wesleyan University

October 9, 2007, 7 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall

Who, Then, is my Neighbor?  An Ethics of Interrelatedness

The University of Puget Sound and the Swope Endowed Lectures Committee are pleased to welcome Dr. Janice Willis as our Fall 2007 Swope Lecturer.  Janice Willis is Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University. One of the earliest American scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, Willis has published numerous essays and articles on Buddhist meditation, hagiography, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race. Her latest book was Dreaming Me: An African American Woman’s Spiritual Journey (2001). Willis also is the author of The Diamond Light: An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation (1972), On Knowing Reality: The Tattvartha Chapter of Asanga's Bodhisattvabhumi (1979), Enlightened Beings: Life Stories from the Ganden Oral Tradition (1995); and the editor of Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet (1989). She has studied with Tibetan Buddhists in India, Nepal, Switzerland and the U.S. for four decades, and has taught courses in Buddhism for 32 years.

In December 2000, Time magazine named Willis one of six “spiritual innovators for the new millennium.” In 2003, she was a recipient of Wesleyan University’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and she was profiled in a 2005 Newsweek article about “Spirituality in America.”  Most recently, Dr. Willis was highlighted in Ebony Magazine (May 2007) as part of their "Power 150," a listing of the 150 most influential African Americans in the nation.