Canceled: Professor and Author Thomas Kasulis to Visit Feb. 21-22

Posted on February 16th, 2011 by

Thomas Kasulis

Canceled due to inclement weather: Author and Professor Thomas Kasulis will visit Gustavus Feb. 21-22, 2011 to engage in conversation about the meaning of a liberal arts education. He will give a public lecture, titled “From the Love of Wisdom to the Wisdom of Love: Rethinking Thinking,” Monday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Old Main, Room 05.

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Kasulis will be available for two open discussions. The first is 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Leadholm Room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center. For the second, he will join Religion Professor John Cha’s “Zen” class from 12-1:20 p.m. in Old Main 04. Visitors are welcome at both sessions. Kasulis will also have discussions about the purpose of liberal arts education in a globalized world with Gustavus faculty members from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

Kasulis received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University and another master’s degree in Asian philosophy from the University of Hawaii. He is author of Zen Person, Zen Action (1989), Intimacy or Integrity: Philosophy and Cultural Difference (2002), and Shinto: The Way Home (2004).  He is professor of comparative studies at Ohio State University where he teaches courses in comparative studies, philosophy, and East Asian languages and literatures.

Gustavus Emeritus Professor of Classics Will Freiert says of Kasulis: “I was a participant in his NEH summer seminar on Japanese philosophy in the mid-1990s and it was one of the most stimulating intellectual experiences I have had. His books are profound and enlightening.”

These events are free and open to the public. Kasulis’s visit to campus is sponsored by the Hanson-Peterson Chair of Liberal Studies with support from the Department of Philosophy.

For more information, contact Professor of Philosophy and Hanson-Peterson Chair of Liberal Studies Deane Curtin at or 507-933-7644.


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