'Corporal Wisdom, Embodied Compassion'

Luther College presents Religion Forum lecture with Scott Hurley April 5

Whether it occurs on a microscopic cellular level or in widespread social structure, change is a necessity for the survival of all organisms. On the other hand, the stagnation of one being can lead to the downfall of many more.

Scott Hurley, Luther College associate professor of religion, will discuss how classical Chinese cosmology links the health of individuals, the state and the cosmos, to the ability of each level to change and adapt at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

The lecture, titled "Corporal Wisdom, Embodied Compassion: the Dao (Way) of Change in a Time of Ideological Stagnation," is part of the Luther College 2015-16 Religion Forum Series. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Hurley teaches courses on East and South Asian religions and animal studies at Luther. He specializes in East Asian religions and his research interests involve the intersectionality of human and animal exploitation and oppression, as well as the application of Buddhist and Daoist teaching to animal liberation issues.

His most recent publications include "Human-Canine Relationships in China" and "Buddhism and Nonhuman Animals." He also co-authored "Invisible Geographies: Violence and Oppression in the Prison Industrial Complex and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations" with Richard Merritt, Luther professor of art.

Hurley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in family studies, a Master of Arts degree in East Asian studies and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in East Asian studies from the University of Arizona.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.