The leader of the largest monastery in China (and possibly the world) engaged in a dialogue on Tibetan Buddhism and contemporary education with David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer. They discussed the ideals and scope of higher education in the modern American university and in the modern Tibetan monastic institution.
David Frankfurter of Boston University was distinguished visitor for the Workshop on Religion and Society in Greco-Roman Antiquity. His seminar was entitled "Martyrology and the Prurient Gaze."
Anne Monius of Harvard University, and former UVa professor, gave a talk entitled "Worshipping Lady Poetry with Her Flowing Hair: Toward a History of Jain Literary Practice in South Asia." This talk was sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion and the South Asia Center of the University of Virginia.
Jalane Schmidt gave a presenation based on her recent book, with responses from UVa professor Nichole Flores and Gustavo Pellón, director of the Foreign Language Project.