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Duncan Williams will speak about his new book American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom During the Second World War (Harvard University Press, Feb. 2019) on the Japanese American Buddhist experience in the WWII incarceration camps. He will explore questions of faith, identity and resilience in the face of dislocation, loss and uncertainty. 

Following his presentation, Williams will be in conversation with USC Dean of Religious Life and Vice-Provost, Varun Soni, to discuss how the past might inform the current national conversations about race, religion and American belonging. 

6:00-6:25 | Reception
6:25-6:30 | Introduction by Brett Sheehan
6:30-6:50 | Book Talk by Duncan Williams
6:50-7:10 | Conversation with Varun Soni
7:10-7:30 | Q&A
7:30-8:15 | Book Signing

Duncan Williams
USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture and Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Varun Soni
USC Dean of Religious Life and Vice Provost

Presented by the USC East Asian Studies Center and co-sponsored by Office of Religious LifeSchool of Religion and Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture

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