Columbia College Chicago

October 20, 2008

Upcoming Friends of the Library Signature Showcase

Friends of the Library Signature Showcase Presents:

Buddhism and the Beats: The Impact of Eastern Philosophy on Beat Writers

Dr. Stephen Asma, Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences

Come listen to Stephen T. Asma as he examines the spiritual impact of Buddhism on beat writers including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. He will discuss several schools of Buddhism, such as Zen and Tibetan, which appealed to the iconoclasts of the Beat movement. Classes are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, October 29, 6-8pm
Ferguson Lecture Hall
600 S. Michigan Avenue, 1st Floor
This program is free and open to the public

Dr. Asma is the author of five books, including: Buddha for Beginners, Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads, the Cultural and Evolution of Natural History Museums and The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha. His forthcoming book, On Monsters: A Tour of Fears and Fascinations will be published by Oxford University Press in 2009. Explore his writings and artwork at

Buddhism and the Beats is the first of the new Signature Showcase events sponsored by of Columbia College Chicago Friends of the Library. It is presented in conjunction with the College’s “And the Beats Go On…” series of art exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and programming. Visit for the complete schedule of events.

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