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UNI Diplomat Series

The sixth installment of the UNI Diplomat Series will feature Rev. Shoken Winecoff speaking on "Diplomacy and Religion.” Winecoff is the founder and abbot of Ryumonji Zen Monastery. He is a Dharma heir of the late Dainin Katagiri Roshi, founder of the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis and practiced with Katagiri Roshi from 1976 until Katagiri Roshi’s death in 1990. Shoken Roshi also received formal training in Japan from 1989 to 1992. Since that time he has devoted himself to establishing a Soto Zen monastery in the Midwest. Ryumonji Zen Monastery was founded in the year 2000 when land was donated in northeast Iowa. Since then four monastery buildings have been constructed in the ancient tradition of Zen monasteries. Ryumonji conducts zazen meditation sittings which are open to the public and monthly weekend retreats (sesshins) for lay practitioners. It is also a training monastery for Zen priests in the Midwest. Faculty, staff, students and the community are welcome.

Film Screening: "The Clean Bin Project"

Join us in watching "The Clean Bin Project," the story about a couple competing against each other in an effort to live waste free for a year. Learn through their adventure how to recycle, buy locally and examine purchasing habits in order to eliminate waste. After the film viewers will be offered the opportunity to take up the challenge to live waste free for one month. Join the challenge, get tips and ideas on how to do it with the support of the other challenge members. Light dinner provided.

Sustainability Book Club Meeting

Join faculty in discussing Histories of the Dustheap. Histories of the Dustheap uses garbage, waste and refuse to investigate the relationships between various systems and shows how this most democratic reality produces identities, social relations and policies. This is the second of a three-part discussion series. Pre-registration required.

Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series: "Modeling Cultural Networks in the Hispanic Baroque"

Juan Luis Suarez will discuss "Modeling Cultural Networks in the Hispanic Baroque." Suarez is the director of the CulturePlex lab, an innovative and interdisciplinary digital humanities research center at Canada's Western University, where he is also a professor of Hispanic Studies in the Modern Languages and Literature Department.

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