Wednesday, August 18, 7:00 p.m. ET

Spiritual experience can be a significant driver of intellectual inquiry. Religious upbringing, moments of anomalous awe fitting no religious tradition, and the search for meaning raise fundamental questions that draw many to colleges and universities. Campus thus hosts myriad perspectives on the nature of reality itself. How might our classrooms, inquiries, and disagreements benefit from embracing these public and private forms of ontological diversity?

Dr. Jeffrey Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, and HxA Director of Programs Kyle Vitale, explored this question and discussed how the humanities can better welcome spiritual and psychological diversity, why awe matters for teachers and learners, and Kripal’s upcoming book “The Superhumanities: Historical Precedents, Moral Objections, New Realities” (University of Chicago Press, 2022).

HxA Members and Graduate Affiliate Registrants: You were invited to participate in an exclusive post-event discussion, led by Kyle Vitale, starting at 8:00 p.m ET. Not yet a member or an affiliate? Join today

This event included live and pre-recorded components.