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    May 3, 2004     
    Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057


International Scholar Huston Smith Focuses on
the World's Great Religions in May 8 Lecture at SSU

Religious scholar Huston Smith will discuss issues of world faith and religion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 in Evert B. Person Theatre. Smith will explore the essential elements and teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and traditions of the Americas, Australia, and Africa.

Smith is currently teaching at UC Berkeley as a visiting Professor of Religious Studies. He is a Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University and has also taught religion at MIT. In 1996, Smith was the focus of a five-part television program, "Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith" hosted by Bill Moyers. He has produced three PBS television series as well.

Smith is best known for his first major book, now in its second edition, titled "The World's Religions." By translating the voices of such religions as Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and Confucianism, Smith presents each religion based on principles as opposed to context. The result is an emphasis on the inner rather than the institutional dimensions of religions across the globe.

This event is free for all SSU students, and $5 for general admission. Advance tickets will be available at the Sonoma State Student Union. This event is sponsored by Associated Students Productions and the SSU Student Union.

For more information on this event, or to buy tickets by phone, call (707) 664-2382.


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