Dr. Arri Eisen

Dr. Arri Eisen, Professor of Science and Society at Emory University, will present the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series lecture “Biology and Buddhism: What I’ve Learned about Life during a Decade Teaching Science to the Dalai Lama’s Monks and Nuns” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Ivy Ballroom of the Surf Hotel, 1012 Front Loop, in Buena Vista.

The lecture is free and refreshments will be served. Parking for the hotel is north of the Eddyline Restaurant.

When coming into Buena Vista on South Main Street, turn right onto Swift Circle (there is a stop sign at the corner). The dirt parking lot is on your left. Walk across South Main Street to the Surf Hotel.

The Dalai Lama invited Emory University to shape and lead the first significant change to his monastics’ academic curriculum in 6 centuries.

Little did anyone imagine how profoundly this new direction would affect all involved with these changes. 

Dr. Eisen received his B.S. with honors from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Washington-Seattle.

He is the Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Teaching Professor of Science and Society and has been teaching in biology, interdisciplinary studies and the Center for Ethics at Emory for nearly 3 decades.

He has won every teaching award for which he is eligible at Emory and estimates he has taught more than 4,000 students in his career thus far – and remembers the names of nearly 1,000.

Dr. Eisen has been involved in the Emory Tibet Science Initiative since its inception.

He will discuss with the audience unexpected insights gained in the project in relation to science and religion, teaching across cultures and the process of thinking about and doing science in general.

He publishes in public and peer-reviewed literature in science, science education, bioethics and science and religion.

Dr. Eisen is the author, with Yungdrung Konchok, of “The Enlightened Gene: Biology, Buddhism and the Convergence that Explains the World” (ForeEdge 2017). Copies of this book will be available for purchase and signing by Dr. Eisen at the lecture.

Please join us for this enlightening, free lecture. The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, now in its 17th year, is a free lecture series with presentations in Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida. For more information about the CPFS, visit www.collegiatepeaksforum.org.

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