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Religious Renaissance in China and Taiwan Hopeful Quests and Political Conflict

Thursday, 05 December, 2013

Dr. Richard Madsen is a Distinguished Professor & the Acting Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College at The University of California, San Diego. He received his M.A. in Asian studies and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard.  His areas of specialization include: sociology of religion, comparative sociology, Chinese society, and Moral Anthropology. He has authored many books and has coauthored the Habits of the Heart, which won the LA Times Book Award and was jury nomininated for the Pulitzer Prize.

On December 5, he will present a lecture, "Religious Renaissance in China and Taiwan: Hopeful Quests and Political Conflict," at 7:30 pm at the Moskovitz Theater, The DeNaples Center, 4th floor, of the University of Scranton. The following is a brief description of his talk:

During the past generations in both China and Taiwan, there has been a surprising religious renaissance. It has taken different forms in the two places. In China, it often leads to political conflict, but in Taiwan, it contributes to democratic cohesion. In China, the most dynamic forms of religious change come from Christianity and new religions. In Taiwan, it comes from Buddhism. This talk describes and attempts to explain the differences of religious renaissance in China and Taiwan.

The event is co-presented by the Asian Studies Program at the University of Scranton and the Taiwan Ministry of Culture.  Free and open to the public.

Major Sponsors: Dr. Samuel Yin 尹衍先 and The Spotlight Taiwan Grant 

Additional Sponsors: Asian Studies, Catholic Studies, History Department, International Studies Program, Theology & Religious Studies Department, Political Science Department, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs

For more information, contact the Asian Studies office at (570) 941-7643 or Ann Pang-White at

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DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater (401)

900 Mulberry Street
Scranton, PA 18510