Asian studies expert to discuss the universal characteristics of Holy War


Asian studies professor and Zen priest Brian Daizen Victoria will discuss “Religion Hijacked: The Universal Characteristics of Holy War” at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 7, in Casadesus Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building at Binghamton University.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

Victoria is currently a visiting professor in the Asian and Asian American Studies program at Binghamton University. He is a senior lecturer in the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Victoria is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his master’s degree in Buddhist studies from Komazawa University in Tokyo, and a doctorate from the Department of Religious Studies at Temple University.

In addition to his new book, Zen War Stories, Victoria's major writings include Zen At War; an autobiographical work in Japanese titled Gaijin de ari, Zen bozu de ari (As a Foreigner, As a Zen Priest); Zen Master Dôgen, coauthored with Prof. Yokoi Yûhô of Aichi-gakuin University; and a translation of The Zen Life by Sato Koji.

Victoria is teaching two courses at Binghamton University this fall, “Western Human Rights: Asian Values” and “Religion and War.”  

The presentation is sponsored by Binghamton University’s Asian and Asian American Studies Program. For more information, contact Fran Goldman at 607-777-4938.

Last Updated: 9/17/13