Ann Gleig: "Undoing Whiteness in American Buddhist Modernism"


Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:30pm



The fourth event in the Harvard Buddhist Community Buddhism and Race Speaker Series features Dr. Ann Gleig, associate professor of religion and cultural studies at the University of Central Florida and author of American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity (Yale University Press, 2019). This talk traces the ways in which whiteness has functioned and limited Buddhist modernist convert lineages in North America. It outlines key attempts by Buddhists of Color to expose and overcome such whiteness such as the pioneering work of Zenju Earthlyn Manuel from the Soto Zen lineage and Larry Yang from the Insight Community who have forged alternative Buddhist hermeneutics of multiculturalism and difference. In conclusion, it situates this “radical orientation” as reflecting critical, collective, and contextual turns that push modern Buddhism beyond its individualistic colonialist underpinnings. Click here for event flyer (PDF).