Witherspoon Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


UNC Charlotte Center City Building
320 E. 9th St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

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Witherspoon Lecture Series

The 35th

The 35th Annual Witherspoon Lecture Series will address “Shamans and Schizophrenia: How Religious Practice May Change Psychotic Experience” presented by Tanya Luhrmann.

Tanya Marie Luhrmann is the Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department. Her work focuses on the edge of experience: on voices, visions, the world of the supernatural and the world of psychosis. She has done ethnography on the streets of Chicago with homeless and psychotic women, and worked with people who hear voices in Chennai, Accra and the South Bay. She has also done fieldwork with evangelical Christians who seek to hear God speak back, with Zoroastrians who set out to create a more mystical faith, and with people who practice magic. She uses a combination of ethnographic and experimental methods to understand the phenomenology of unusual sensory experiences, the way they are shaped by ideas about minds and persons, and what we can learn from this social shaping that can help us to help those whose voices are distressing.

She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and received a John Guggenheim Fellowship award in 2007.When God Talks Back was named a NYT Notable Book of the Year and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Her new book, Our Most Troubling Madness: Schizophrenia and Culture, will be published by the University of California Press in 2016.

Reservations Required. Click here to RSVP

When:  Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Reception at 6pm
Lecture at 7pm

Where:  UNC Center City Auditorium, 2nd floor
 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

RSVP:   Required.

For more information, visit https://religiousstudies.uncc.edu/news/Witherspoon.

You can visit Dr. Luhrmann’s website here.

This event is sponsored by UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Religious Studies

 

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