Start: 4:30 pm
Spotlight on Scholars Tuesdays Spotlight on Scholars is our newest program exemplifying the diversity of scholarship at Carolina. Developed in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, these sessions will feature UNC-Chapel Hill faculty discussing their recent work—their new books or newest scholarly passion. Come find out what the University’s scholars are writing and thinking about and join in the discussion. Spotlight on Scholars events take place on Tuesdays at Flyleaf Books, 752 MLK Jr. Blvd., in Chapel Hill. Most are from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. There are no preparatory readings for Spotlight on Scholars events. Program Tuition: Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program, or pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit alumni.unc.edu or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends. Tuition is $20.00 for everyone paying at the door. For information about our cancellation policy, discounts, parking, and more, please visit our General Information page. Secure Online Registration available – http://humanities.unc.edu/register/ Fall 2012 Events (for details, click the title) The Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Mucus Richard Superfine, Taylor-Williams Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy November 27, 2012 TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Prof Norris Brock Johnson gives a talk and slide show of his book: Tenryu-Ji: Life and Spirit of a Kyoto Garden
Start: 7:00 pm
Tue 11/27 7pm-8pm Prof Norris Brock Johnson gives a talk and slide show of his book: Tenryu-Ji: Life and Spirit of a Kyoto Garden The Temple of the Heavenly Dragon (Tenryû-ji) is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple nested within the mountains of western Kyôto. Constructed in the 1340s, the temple and its venerated pond garden were a vital presence in historical events influencing the spiritual beliefs, practices, and aesthetic life of Japan. This book is an anthropological study of the pond garden aspect of the temple, the heart of Tenryû-ji. Written so as to place the reader within the temple, we witness the pond garden emerge across generations through the designed interrelationship of buildings, nature, and people of influence as well as belief in the participatory presence of deities and ancestors – from Empress Danrin in the 8th century through Emperor Go-Saga in the 12th century to Emperor Go-Daigo, the Ashikaga shogunate, and the priest Musō Kokushi in the 13th century. Norris Brock Johnson is Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill. During 1985–86 he was a Fulbright fellow and faculty member at the University of Tōkyō, Komaba, and Waseda University, Tōkyō, Japan. He continues to write about his on-site research on Buddhist temples and gardens in Kyōto and Kamakura as well as on cross-cultural conceptions of the interrelationship of religion and nature.