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Wilson's 2013 Orr Forum to Examine Female Ordination in Buddhism

Dr. Susanne Mrozik, associate professor of religion at Mount Holyoke College, will give two presentations during this year’s Orr Forum on Religion at Wilson College: A Robed Revolution — Female Ordination in Buddhism.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
March 22, 2013
CONTACT: Dr. David True, Associate Professor of Religion
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3396
Email: david.true@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ­­­— Dr. Susanne Mrozik, associate professor of religion at Mount Holyoke College, will give two presentations during this year’s Orr Forum on Religion at Wilson College: A Robed Revolution — Female Ordination in Buddhism. The forum will be held Wednesday, April 10, in the Brooks science complex.

Orr Forum events, which are free and open to the public, will be held Wednesday, April 10. Presentations will be held in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology.

Female ordination is one of the most hotly contested issues in the Buddhist world today. Mrozik will examine what is at stake — and for whom — in international and local campaigns to grant women access to full ordination as Buddhist nuns (bhikkhuni). She will focus particular attention on Sri Lanka, where she spent two years conducting ethnographic research on the 1998 revival of the Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist nun’s order.

At 10:30 a.m., Mrozik will present “A Robed Revolution — Female Ordination in Buddhism.” At 1 p.m., her topic will be “Love in a Buddhist Nun’s Temple: Ethnographic Insights into Lay-Monastic Relationships in Sri Lanka.”

Reservations are requested. To RSVP or to learn more, visit www.wilson.edu/orrforum or contact Gretchen Babendreier at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3203, or gretchen.babendreier@wilson.edu.

Mrozik is a gender specialist in Buddhist studies. At Mount Holyoke, she teaches courses on women in Buddhism, Buddhist ethics, Buddhist literature, Buddhism in America, and a comparative religion course on body images and practices in religious traditions. She also is the faculty adviser for the Five College Buddhist Certificate Program.

Currently, Mrozik is researching the contemporary Buddhist nuns' movement with a particular focus on Sri Lanka. She is the author of Virtuous Bodies: The Physical Dimensions of Morality in Buddhist Ethics and co-author of Women Practicing Buddhism: American Experiences.

Mrozik has contributed scholarly articles to a range of publications and is the recipient of numerous teaching and academic awards, including the Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University; a Fulbright grant for Sanskrit research in India; and a Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Mrozik has a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University and a doctorate from Harvard’s Committee on the Study of Religion.

The Orr Forum at Wilson College is supported by an endowed fund established by Thomas J. Orr, a friend of the college, in honor of his parents William and Mary Orr. This respected academic event is dedicated to the rigorous study of religion, providing Wilson College and the entire community an annual forum in which to discuss fascinating, profound — and sometimes provocative — aspects of religion.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 30 majors and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. Wilson has been named a “Best Value” college in its region for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for providing quality academics at an affordable price. The college has been ranked one of the best regional colleges for undergraduate education for nine straight years by U.S. News.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college had a fall 2012 enrollment of 695, which included 17 students from 9 foreign countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

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