Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550
Wed, March 11, 2009
Dr. Steven Collins, Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities at The University of Chicago, is an eminent scholar of the social and cultural history of Buddhism in premodern and modern South and southeast Asia. His interests in Buddhist understandings of the self, the other, and interpersonal obligation inform his study, Selfless Persons: Imagery and Thought in Theravada Buddhism (1982). A leading scholar of Pali language and literature, Collins is also the author of Nirvana and other Buddhist Felicities: Utopias of the Pali imaginaire (1998) and A Pali Grammar for Students (2006). His current work includes the translation of Pali texts and the study of issues of gender and possession.