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561-297-2010, ggaloust@fau.edu or
Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU’s Center for Body, Mind and Culture Presents 'Art and Ritual in Asian Cultures'

BOCA RATON, FL (February 20, 2009) – The Center for Body, Mind and Culture in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University is hosting an international conference titled “Arts and Ritual in Asian Cultures” on  March 20 and 21, in the Royal Palm Room, FAU’s Student Union Building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

The conference, which is open to the public, will feature a group of distinguished scholars who will explore how art and ritual empower individuals to communicate their innermost sentiments across temporal, spatial and social boundaries in both ancient and contemporary Asian cultures. The scholars include authorities in Asian aesthetics from Japan (at universities in Kyoto and Hiroshima) and Poland (Krakow), as well as American scholars from the University of Hawaii, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Eastern Michigan University and other universities closer to home.

“Art and ritual are two central pillars of Asian cultural and social traditions that still  shape those societies today,” said Dr. Richard Shusterman, the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities and director of FAU’s Center for Body, Mind and Culture. “To interact most effectively with Asia we need a better understanding of what shapes their ways of life and their attitudes.”

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture is committed to the project of enhancing global understanding through international conferences with trans-cultural themes. This is the Center’s fifth conference since its inception in 2007.   The Center also runs a monthly coffee colloquium during the academic year.

There is no registration fee for the conference. Advanced registration and reservations are not required, but to register to receive conference updates and be added to the Center’s email mailing list, send an e-mail to bodymindculture@fau.edu or contact 561-297-0851.

For more information, visit www.fau.edu/bodymindculture  and click on “conferences.”  

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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