DUNCAN RYÛKEN WILLIAMS

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DUNCAN RYŪKEN WILLIAMS

Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity

Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Professor of Religion

University of Southern California

EDUCATION

HARVARD UNIVERSITY Ph.D. in the Study of Religion June 2000

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL Master of Theological Studies June 1993

REED COLLEGE B.A. in Religious Studies June 1991

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Chair, School of Religion 2011-2014, 2020-present

Director, Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture 2011-present

Professor of Religion/East Asian Languages & Culture/American 2018-present

Studies and Ethnicity

Associate Professor of Religion/East Asian Languages & Culture 2011-2018

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Director, Center for Japanese Studies 2007-2011

Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Buddhism 2009-2011

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages & Culture; 2006-2011

Ethnic Studies (Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

Associate Professor of East Asian Buddhism and Culture 2005-2006

Assistant Professor of East Asian Buddhism and Culture 2002-2005

TRINITY COLLEGE

Assistant Professor of Japanese Religions and Culture 2000-2002

Visiting Lecturer of Religion 1996

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies 1997-1998

PUBLICATIONS Duncan Ryūken Williams

Books

Monographs

American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019. 400 pp. [Winner of the 2020 Religion News Association Best Book Award; #3 on LA Times Bestseller List (Nonfiction), #18 on Library Journal’s “Top 20 Best-Selling Religion Titles”, 2021 USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award]

(Excerpted in Lapham’s Quarterly, Literary Hub, Tricycle)

[Book Reviews – American Academy of Religion “Reading Religion”, History of Religions, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, Journal of American History, Kyoto Journal, Lion’s Roar, Reed Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine]

The Other Side of Zen: A Social History of Sōtō Zen Buddhism in Tokugawa Japan. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005. 241 pp.

[Book Reviews – Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Monumenta Nipponica, Philosophy East and West]

Edited/Co-edited Volumes

Hapa Japan: Vol. 1 History [Mixed Race and Mixed Roots Japanese]. Los Angeles: Kaya Press, 2017. 520 pp.

Hapa Japan: Vol. 2 Identities and Representations [Mixed Race and Mixed Roots Japanese]. Los Angeles: Kaya Press, 2017. 452 pp.

[Book Reviews – Amerasia Journal, Choice Reviews, New York Times]

Issei Buddhism in the Americas. Urbana-Champagne, IL: Asian American Studies Series, University of Illinois Press, 2010. 186 [Co-edited with Tomoe Moriya]

[Book Reviews – Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, Journal of Asian American Studies, Pacific Historical Review] Los Angeles: Kaya Press, 2017. 520 pp.

American Buddhism: Methods and Findings in Recent Scholarship. London: Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism Series No. 8, Routledge/Curzon Press, 1998. 329 pp. [Co-edited with Christopher Queen]

[Book Reviews – Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Religion and American Culture]

Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deed. Cambridge, MA: CSWR World Religions and Ecology Series No. 1/Harvard University Press, 1997. 467 pp. [Co-edited with Mary Evelyn Tucker]

(Chinese-language editions (Taiwan, Dharma Drum, 2005; PRC, Jiangsu Education Publishing House, 2006); Korean-language edition (Gongguk University Press, 2005))

[Book Reviews – Buddhist-Christian Studies, Philosophy East and West]

PUBLICATIONS Duncan Ryūken Williams

Special Issues of Journals [Refereed]

Japanese Journal of Religious Studies - Helen Hardacre and the Study of Japanese Religion. Nagoya: Nanzan Institute of Religion and Culture, 2009. 197 pp. [Co-edited with Barbara Ambros and Regan Murphy]

Japanese Journal of Religious Studies - Local Religion in Tokugawa History. Nagoya: Nanzan Institute of Religion and Culture, 2001. 237 pp. [Co-edited with Barbara Ambros]

Journal Articles and Book Chapters in English [Refereed]

“Key Moments in Japanese America’s Mixed-Race History, 1868-1945.” In Hapa Japan: Vol. 1 History. Duncan Williams, ed. Los Angeles: Kaya Press, 2017, 189-224.

“The Purple Robe Incident and the Formation of the Early Modern Sōtō Zen Institution.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring 2009): 27-43.

“Funerary Zen: Sōtō Zen Death Management in Tokugawa Japan.” In Death Rituals and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism. Jacqueline Stone and Mariko Walter, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006, 207-246.

“Religion in Early Modern Japan.” In Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions. Paul Swanson and Clark Chilson, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2006, 184-201.

“From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: Lessons from the Internment of Japanese American Buddhists.” In A Nation of Religions: Pluralism in the American Public Square. Stephen Prothero, ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006, 63-78.

“Edo-Period Tales of the Healing Jizō Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Enmei Jizōson inkō riyakuki.” Monumenta Nipponica (Vol. 59, No. 4, Winter 2004): 493-524.

“Complex Loyalties: Issei Buddhist Ministers during the Wartime Incarceration.” Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies (Third Series, Vol. 5, 2004): 255-274.

“How Dōshō's Medicine Saved Dōgen: Medicine, Dōshōan, and Edo-Period Dōgen Biographies.” In Chan Buddhism in Ritual Context. Bernard Faure, ed. London: RoutledgeCurzon Press, 2003: 266-288.

“Camp Dharma: Japanese American Buddhist Identity and the Internment Experience of World War II.” In Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia. Charles Prebish and Martin Baumann, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002, 191-200.

“The Intersection of the Local and the Trans-local at a Sacred Site: The Case of Osorezan in Tokugawa Japan.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (Vol. 28, Nos. 3-4, 2001): 399-440. [Co-authored with Fumiko Miyazaki]

PUBLICATIONS (Contd.) Duncan Ryūken Williams

Journal Articles and Book Chapters in English [Refereed] – Continued

“Japanese American Zen Temples: Cultural Identity and Economics.” In American Buddhism. Duncan Williams and Christopher Queen, eds. London: Curzon Press, 1998, 20-35. [Co-authored with Senryō Asai]

“Animal Liberation, Death, and the State: Rites to Release Animals in Medieval Japan.” In Buddhism and Ecology. Duncan Williams and Mary Evelyn Tucker, eds. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997, 149-164.

Newspaper Op-Eds

“Buddhism as a National Security Threat: After Pearl Harbor Japanese Americans Found Their Faith Under Threat.” Wall Street Journal (March 14, 2019)



“Trump Administration Says the Travel Ban Isn’t Like Japanese Internment. It Is.” Washington Post (May 16, 2017)



Book Reviews and Review Essays

Jane Iwamura’s “Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture” Material Religion (Vol. 8, No. 1, 2011): 116-117.

Nam-lin Hur’s “Death and Social Order in Tokugawa Japan.” Social History (Vol. 32, July 2007).

Michael Downing’s “Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, (Vol. 11, No. 2, Winter 2001): 80-81.

Richard Seager’s “Buddhism in America.” Numen: Journal of the International Association for the History of Religions (Vol. 48, 2001): 374-375.

Helen Baroni’s “Ōbaku Zen: The Emergence of the Third Sect of Zen in Tokugawa Japan.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (Vol. 28, Nos. 1-2, Spring 2001): 174-178.

“The Monastery, Popular Rituals, and the Zen Master: New Histories of Medieval Japanese Zen Buddhism.” Critical Review of Books in Religion, (American Academy of Religion, 1998): 255-264.

Bernard Glassman’s “Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life That Matters.” Journal of Buddhist Ethics (Vol. 4, November 1997): 321-324.

PUBLICATIONS (Contd.) Duncan Ryūken Williams

Encyclopedia Entries

“Parish (Danka, Terauke) System in Japan.” and “Temple System in Japan.” In Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Vol. 2 (M-Z). Robert Buswell, ed. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2004: 632-634; 828.

“Sōtō Zen Buddhism.” In Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. J. Gordon Melton and Marin Baumann, eds. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2002: 1194-1195.

Podcast Interviews

American Refugee Podcast – Interviewed by Sam Graber (August 31, 2020)

Buddhist Peace Fellowship “Get Out: Wisdom for Scary Times” – Interviewed by Kate Johnson (May 15, 2020)

Everyday Buddhism Podcast – Interviewed by Wendy Shinyo Haylett (April 20, 2020)

Sacred & Profane Podcast – Religion, Race, & Democracy Lab/Interviewed by Kurtis Schaeffer and Martien Halvorson-Taylor (April 6, 2020)

Be Here Now Network Podcast – Interviewed by Joe Bobrow (March 18, 2020)

Spirit Matters Podcast – Interviewed by Philip Goldberg and Dennis Raimondi (December 2, 2019)

Talking History Podcast – Interviewed by Patrick Geoghehan (September 9, 2019)

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast – Interviewed by Ken Fong (September 3, 2019)

Backstory: The American History Podcast – Interviewed by Nathan Connolly (August 16, 2019)

The Weird History Podcast: Weird, Odd, and Terrible History with Joe Streckert – Interviewed by Joe Streckert (July 2, 2019)

Tricycle Talks Podcast – Interviewed by James Shaheen (February 23, 2019)

New Books Network (NBN) Podcast – Interviewed by Alex Carroll (February 18, 2019)

Classical Ideas Podcast – Interviewed by Gregory Soden (February 16, 2019)

TV Interviews

Whitney Reynolds Show (PBS, Season 10 – April 6, 2020) – Interviewed by Whitney Reynolds

PUBLICATIONS (Contd.) Duncan Ryūken Williams

Journal Articles and Book Chapters (Non-Refereed)

“Wisdom x Compassion = Freedom” Lion’s Roar (August 31, 2020)



“The Karma of Becoming American.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (July 14, 2020)



“Solidarity Sutra.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (March 13, 2020) and Lion’s Roar (March 30, 2020)





“At Fort Sill, a Prayer That History Would Not Repeat Itself.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (August 5, 2019)



“Never Forget is Now.” Lion’s Roar (June 10, 2019)



“Japan and Its Global Mixed Race History.” In Proceedings: Dismantling the Race Myth. Institute for Research in the Humanities, ed. Kyoto: Kyoto University, 2013, 112-121.

“At Ease in Between: The Middle Position of a Scholar-Practitioner.” Journal of Global Buddhism (Vol. 9, 2008), 155-163.

“Green Power in Contemporary Japan.” In Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume. Stephanie Kaza, ed. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2005, 225-236.

“Esoteric Waters: Meritorious Bathing, Kōbō Daishi, and Tales of Hot Spring Foundings.” In Matrices and Weavings: Expressions of Shingon Buddhism in Japanese Culture and Society – Bulletin of the Research Institute of Esoteric Buddhist Culture, Special Issue II (October 2004): 195-216.

“Right Livelihood, Spirituality, and Wisdom.” In Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to

Consumerism. Allan Hunt Badiner, ed. Berkeley: Parallax Press, 2002, 229-234.

“Masatoshi Nagatomi: Remembered by Duncan Ryuken Williams.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, (Vol. 11, No. 1, Fall 2001): 60.

“Buddhism and the Japanese American Internment Experience.” Nikkei Heritage: Journal of the National

Japanese American Historical Society, (Vol. 11, No. 1, Winter 1999): 8-9, 15.

“Temples, Pharmacies, Traveling Salesmen, and Pilgrims: Buddhist Production and Distribution of Medicine in Edo Japan.” Society for the Study of Japanese Religions Bulletin Supplement, (New Series, No. 23, February 1998): 20-29.

PUBLICATIONS (Contd.) Duncan Ryūken Williams

Journal Articles and Book Chapters (Non-Refereed)

“Buddhist Studies in North America”" Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, (Vol. 6, No. 3, Spring 1997): 68-69, 115-117.

“A Magazine that Bridged Worldviews: The Light of Dharma.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, (Vol. 3, No. 4,

Summer 1994): 11-13.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE Duncan Ryūken Williams

Courses Taught at USC, UC-Berkeley, UC-Irvine, Trinity College, and Brown University

Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies

Introductory Courses Buddhism in America: Asian Americans and Converts

Seminars Asian American Religions

Critical Mixed Race Studies

Japanese American History and Religion

Japanese Buddhism in Diaspora

Religious Studies

Introductory Courses World Religions in Los Angeles

Graduate Seminars Theory and Methods in Religious Studies

Asian Religions

Introductory Courses Asian Religions

Buddhist Studies

Introductory Courses Introduction to Buddhism

Introduction to East Asian Buddhism

Seminars Buddhism and Ecology

Buddhism and Environmental Philosophy

Graduate Seminar Method and Theory in the Study of Buddhism

Japanese Religions

Introductory Courses Introduction to Japanese Religions

History of Japanese Religions

Seminars Master and Savior: Zen Monks in Japanese Culture

Graduate Seminar Readings in Japanese Religions

Japanese Buddhists Texts

Japanese Buddhism and Modernity

Other

Seminars Bathing: A Cultural History

AWARDS AND HONORS Duncan Ryūken Williams

Japanese Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

Commendation for Furthering U.S.-Japan Relations 2011

JAPAN HOUSE/LA (Japan - Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Executive Vice President 2016-2017

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS , FUNDS

Shinnyo-en Foundation and Buddhist Order

Shinso Ito Endowment and Gift Fund for USC Shinso Ito Center for 2018

Japanese Religions and Culture

($5,400,000)

Shinso Ito Endowment and Gift Fund for USC Shinso Ito Center for 2014

Japanese Religions and Culture

($6,600,000)

Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Buddhism /Hewlett Foundation 2008

Match – UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies

($3,000,000)

Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Buddhism and Buddhist 2008

Studies - UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies and Center for Buddhist Studies

($2,000,000)

Special Grant for the “Tracing Japanese Buddhism” Conference 2008

($50,000)

Akiyama Family Foundation Gift Fund (Japanese American Studies) 2014

($10,000)

Japan Foundation

Institutional Support Grant for USC Center for Japanese Religions 2012-2015

and Culture with USC match

($900,000)

Grant for “Japanese Studies: Past, Present, and Future” Conference 2009

($15,000)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Mellon Sawyer Seminar Grant 2012-2014

($175,000)

Dissertation Completion Fellowship 1998-1999

($10,000)

Dissertation Start-up Fellowship 1996-1997

($5,000)

Fellowship for Summer Language Study 1995

($3,000)

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS (Contd.) Duncan Ryūken Williams

University of Southern California

Office of the Provost Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and 2012-2013

Social Sciences Grant

($25,000)  

Office of the Provost “Vision and Voices” Grants ($57,040) 2012-2013

All Nippon Airways

Hapa Japan I Conference 2010

($25,000)

Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism)

“Toshi” Toshihide Numata Book Prize for Best Book in Buddhist Studies 2008

Endowment for UC Berkeley Center for Buddhist Studies

($500,000)

Special Grant for the “Tracing Japanese Buddhism” Conference 2008

($50,000)

Special Grant for the “Mugen Project” 2007-2014

($1,000,000)

Special Grant for “Issei Buddhism” Project 2004

($5,000)

Fellowship for the Study of Buddhism 1999-2000

($38,000)

University of California

UC-Berkeley Mellon Foundation Project Grant 2008

($12,140)

UC-Berkeley Committee on Research/Townsend Center Research 2007

Bridging Grant

($16,410)

UC-Berkeley Consortium for the Arts Grant 2007

($4,150)

UC-Berkeley Townsend Center GROUP Grant 2007

($8,500)

UC-Berkeley Committee on Research Faculty Research Grant 2006

($3,900)

Pacific Rim Research Program 2004

($3,000)

UC-Irvine Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and 2004

Library Resources Grant

($9,861)

UC-Irvine Humanities Center Conference Grant 2004

($5,000)

UC-Irvine Center for Asian Studies Conference Grant 2004

($5,000)

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS (Contd.) Duncan Ryūken Williams

UC-Irvine Humanities Center Individual Research Grant 2003

($3,000)

UC-Irvine Dean of Humanities Research Start-Up Fund 2002-2005

($9,000)

UC New Faculty Recruitment Initiative Research Fund 2002-2004

($25,000)

American Academy of Religion

Individual Research Assistance Grant 2001-2002

($2,400)

Harvard University

Pluralism Project Research Affiliate 2004-2005

($7,000)

Edwin O. Reischauer Institute Dissertation Grant 1998-1999

($17,000)

Center for the Study of World Religions Dissertation Fellowship 1997-1998

($10,000)

Pluralism Project Research Fellowship 1993-1995

($10,000/year)

California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (California State Library)

Research Grant 2003-2004

($3,500)

Nihon Gakujitsu Shinkōkai (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

Postdoctoral Fellowship 2002-2003

($48,800)

Trinity College

Faculty Research Committee One-Year Research Expense Grant 2001-2002

($3,496)

Yokohama Zenkōji Scholarship Foundation

International Buddhist Study Scholarship 1998

($8,000)

The Rocky Foundation

Buddhist Studies Dissertation Fellowship 1997-1998

($15,000)

Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation (Kajima Construction Corporation)

Dissertation Fellowship 1997-1998

($30,000)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Duncan Ryūken Williams

Officer and Committee Member

Japan Foundation

American Advisory Committee (AAC) for Japanese Studies 2020-present

Smithsonian Institution

National Museum of American History Advisory Committee for 2020-present

“Religion in America” Gallery

National Advisory Committee for 2022 Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2020-present

– Creative Encounters: Living Religions in Twenty-First Century America

Harvard Pluralism Project 2020-present

Advisory Committee member

Tsuru for Solidarity

Leadership Council 2021-present

Co-Chair, Redress and Reparations Working Group 2021-present

National Co-Chair 2020-2021

National Steering Committee 2019-2021

American Academy of Religion

American Lectures in the History of Religions (ALHR) Chair 2019-present

American Lectures in the History of Religions (ALHR) Committee 2018-present

American Academy of Religion Asian North American Religion, 2001-2008

Culture, and Society Group [ANARCS] (Steering Committee member)

American Academy of Religion ANARCS (Co-Chair) 2002-2005

Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

Advisory Board 2010-present

Editorial Consultant 2008-2010

Religion Compass Editorial Board member 2007-2012

XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship (Selection Committee member) 2005-2006

Journal of Global Buddhism Editorial Board member 1999-2019

Buttōkai [Intl. Association for the Study of Buddhism and Hot Springs] 1998-2000

(Founder and President)

Forum on Religion and Ecology (Advisory Board member) 1998-2000

Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum (Assistant Director) 1995-1996

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (Contd.) Duncan Ryūken Williams

Research Associate

Komazawa University “Global Zen Branding” Initiative 2017-2020

Ryūkoku University Center for the Study of World Buddhist Culture 2015-2020

(Research Associate)

Consulting for Film/TV

AMC “The Terror: Infamy” (Season 2) 2019

Amazon – The Man in the High Castle (Season 4) 2018

Journal and Press Referee

New York University Press 2021

Oxford University Press 2018

University of North Carolina Press 2015

Monumenta Nipponica (journal) 2010

Early Modern Japan (journal) 2010

Oxford University Press 2009

University of Hawai’i Press 2009

University of California Press 2007, 2002, 2003

Pacific Historical Review (journal) 2005

Harvard University Press 2004

Earthscan Publications (journal) 2003

Wisdom Publications 1997

Tenure Promotion and Full Professor Promotion Review Referee [2008-2021]

University of Pennsylvania; University of Oregon; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of North Dakota; Seattle University; San Francisco State University; University of Southern California; Haverford College

Exhibits Curated

Sutra and Bible: Faith and the Japanese American WWII Incarceration February-September 2022

Japanese American National Museum (forthcoming)

Visible/Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History April-August 2013

Japanese American National Museum

Conferences and Panels Organized

Black+Japanese American Reparation Series and Book Club February 2021-present

(Series Convenor/USC + Japanese American National Museum, Densho, Tsuru for Solidarity)

Sangha in Pandemic Times February 2021

(Workshop Convenor/USC)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (Contd.) Duncan Ryūken Williams

Conferences and Panels Organized (Contd.)

Neither Monk Nor Layperson: Categories of Buddhist Leaders in Japan, February 2020

Korea, and America

(Workshop Convenor, USC)

Allied with Japanese America: New Stories of Supporters December 2018

during World War II

(Conference Convener/USC and Japanese American National Museum)

The WWII Japanese American Resettlement: A New Research Workshop September 2018

(Conference Convener/USC)

Japan on the Global Stage: A Conversation between Koji Murofushi September 2017

(Tokyo 2020 Olympic Committee Director) and Duncan Ryuken Williams

(Panel Convener/2017 USC Global Conference)

Hapa Japan 2017 and Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference February 2017

(Conference Convener/USC and Japanese American National Museum)

Japanese American Studies: New Perspective on Religion, History March 2016

and Society

(Conference Convener/USC)

Historical Perspectives on Multiethnic Communities in Japan February 2015

(Conference Convener/USC)

Transpacific Re-Orientation: Religion, Spirituality and the Invisible January 2015

Connections Between Asia and the Americas

(Conference Co-Convener/USC)

Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference November 2014

(Programming Committee, Chicago)

Japan/America Writer’s Dialogue: Presenting Monkey Business October 2014

(Conference Convener/USC)

Transpacific Mixed-Race Literatures: A Reading and Dialogue April 2014

(Conference Convener/USC)

Immigration Nation Japan? Immigration Policy, Immigrant Integration, April 2014

and the Future of Multiethnic Japan

(Conference Convener/USC)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (Contd.) Duncan Ryūken Williams

Conferences and Panels Organized (Contd.)

Hapa Japan Remix April 2014

(Conference Convener/USC)

Hawai’i’s Interracial History, Culture, and Tradition: February 2014

Construction and Deconstruction

(Conference Convener/USC)

Dharma Effects: Buddhism in Japanese America December 2013

(Conference Convener/USC)

Buddhist Environmentalism September 2013

(Conference Convener/USC)

Hapa Japan Festival

(Conference Convener/USC) April 2013

The Transpacific Shift in Mixed-Race Studies February 2013

(Conference Convener/USC)

The Evolution of Mixed-Race Historiography and Theory January 2013

(Conference Convener/USC)

New Approaches to the Study of Japanese American Buddhism December 2012

(Conference Convener/USC)

Religion in the Public Sphere: Japan and the World April 2012

(Conference Convener/USC)

Hapa Japan I: Conference on Mixed-Race Japanese April 2011

(Conference Convener/ UC Berkeley)

Japanese Studies: Past, Present, and Future Conference December 2009

(Conference Convener/ UC Berkeley)

Japanese Food Culture on the Global Stage Conference November 2009

(Conference Convener/ UC Berkeley)

Japan and Japanese America: Connections across the Pacific Rim October 2009

(Conference Convener/ UC Berkeley)

Tracing Japanese Buddhism: International Conference September 2009

(Conference Convener/ UC Berkeley)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (Contd.) Duncan Ryūken Williams

Conferences and Panels Organized (Contd.)

The Numata Chairs Conference: Celebrating 20 Years October 2007

(Conference Convener/ UC Berkeley)

Issei Buddhism Conference September 2004

(Conference Convener/University of California, Irvine)

Hotoke to Yu [The Buddha and Hot Water] July 2000

(Conference Convener and Coordinator/Komazawa University)

Buddhism in America: Methods and Findings in Recent Research May 1997

(Conference Co-Convener/Harvard Divinity School)

Developments in Buddhism in the Tokugawa Era November 1996

(Panel Organizer/AAR - New Orleans)

Consultation on Buddhism and Ecology May 1996

(Conference Coordinator/Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions)

Crossing Boundaries in the Study of Japanese Religions March 1996

(Panel Organizer/AAR - New England Regional)

Meiji Studies Conference May 1994

(Conference Coordinator/Harvard Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies)

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

National and International Associations’ Annual Meetings

Association for Asian Studies

*Presidential Roundtable on Global Asia (virtual/March 22, 2021)

*Reimagining Buddhist Modernity in Japan and Beyond (Denver/March 23, 2019)

*The Bodhisattva Jizō in the Japanese Landscape of Hot Springs and Hells: The Case of Mt. Osore (Chicago/March 24, 2001)

American Academy of Religion

*Recovering Pasts, Imagining Futures: A Roundtable Conversation about New Books on Buddhism in the West – with Duncan Ryuken Williams, Ann Gleig, and Wakoh Shannon Hickey (San Diego/November 24, 2019)

*Teaching Asian American Religious History (Toronto/November 24, 2002)

*A Buddhist Perspective on Diana Eck’s “A New Religious America” (Denver/November 19, 2001)

*Sudden Salvation and Gradual Care of the Dead: Sōtō Zen and the Blood Pool Hell Sūtra (Nashville/November 18, 2000)

*Voices and Shadows of the Camps: Buddhist History and the Japanese American Internment (Orlando/November 22, 1998)

*Local History and Tokugawa Religions: Tamamuro Fumio’s “Jittairon” and the Study of the Shinpen Sagami no Kuni Fudoki Kō (San Francisco/November 23, 1997)

*The Healing Cult of Ichimantai Jizō in Tokugawa Japan: A Focus on Edo Kōganji Togenuki Jizō (New Orleans/November 24, 1996)

Association for Asian American Studies

*Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American Incarceration: A Roundtable Discussion of Duncan Williams’ “American Sutra” (Madison, WI, April 25, 2019)

*Camp Dharma: Buddhism and Japanese American Internment (Washington D.C., April 12, 2012)

Critical Mixed Race Studies Association Conference

*Mixed Race Identities during World War Two (Los Angeles, February 25, 2017)

*Curating Mixed Race Japanese American History (Chicago, November 1, 2012)

Society for the Study of Japanese Religions

*Temples, Pharmacies, and Traveling Salesmen: Buddhist Medicine in Edo Japan (Chicago/March 14, 1997)

American Newswriters Association

*Diversity in Buddhist America (Boston/September 22, 2001)

Bukkyō Minzoku Gakkai (Association for the Study of Folk Buddhism)

*Kinsei Sōtōshū ni okeru byōki naoshi [Healing in Early Modern Sōtō Zen Buddhism] (Plenary Speaker, Meguro-ku Shakai Fukushi Sentā/May 21, 2000) [in Japanese]

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

National and International Associations’ Annual Meetings (Contd.)

Setsuwa Bungakukai (Society for the Study of Narrative Literature)

*Dōshōan no gedoku’en: Dōgen o meguru setsuwa o chūshin ni [Dōshōan’s “Poison-Dissolving Pill”: Legends Associated with Zen Master Dōgen] (Plenary Speaker, Ōtsuma Women's College/December 18, 1999) [in Japanese]

Regional Associations’ Annual Meetings

American Academy of Religion (New England/Maritime Regional)

*Zen Medicine: The Dōshō’an in Eighteenth-Century Japan (Andover Newton Theological School/ April 17, 1998)

*Jizō in Early Modern Japan: Kōganji and the Enmei Jizō inkō riyaku ki (Harvard/March 29, 1996)

Association of Asian Studies (Japan Regional)

*Gedoku’en and the Sale of Counterfeit Medicine (Sophia University/June 26, 1999)

Invited Lectures/Conferences (N. America/Europe)

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

* Buddhism, Race, and American Belonging: An Asian American View – A Conversation with Duncan Ryuken Williams and Chenxing Han (March 21, 2021)

Harvard University

*The Karma of a Nation: Racial Reparations from an Asian American Perspective (Harvard Divinity School Buddhism and Race Speaker Series/March 16, 2021)

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies Japan Forum, Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum, Harvard Divinity School Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Pluralism Project, and the Harvard Program on U.S.-Japan Relations/February 22, 2019)

*Hot Water Buddha: Bathing Culture, Healing, and Purification in Japanese Buddhism (Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Japan Forum/February 14, 2008)

*The Diversification of Buddhist Studies: Doctoral Dissertations and the State of the Field

(Buddhist Studies Forum Dialogues Between Past and Present, Directions for the Future Conference/December 5, 1997)

*Animal Liberation, Death, and the State: Hōjō-e (Rites to Release Animals) in Medieval Japan (Center for the Study of World Religions Consultation on Buddhism and Ecology/May 4, 1996)

University of Michigan

*Keynote Address: The Making of the Ireihi: A Monument to the WWII Japanese American Incarceration (Arts of Devotion Conference – International Institute/March 4, 2021)

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

Invited Lectures/Conferences (N. America/Europe) – Contd.

University of San Francisco

*The Irei Names Monument: A Memorial to Persons of Japanese Ancestry Incarcerated in the U.S. during WWII (Asian Pacific American Studies/February 24, 2021)

University of Arizona

* A Remembrance of Names: A Buddhist Monument to the WWII Japanese American Incarceration” (Lingyin Lecture 2021, Center for Buddhist Studies, Dept. of East Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Program/February 19, 2021)

The Guibord Center

*Resilience and Freedom: How Enduring Lessons from the WWII Japanese American Buddhist Experience Can Heal Us Today

(Religion In and Out Series/January 13, 2021)

University of Southern California

* “Race/Solidarity: Transpacific Conversations – Duncan Williams with Deepa Iyer” (East Asian Studies Center/November 11, 2020)

* “Race/Solidarity: Transpacific Conversations – Duncan Williams with Yuichiro Onishi” (East Asian Studies Center/October 6, 2020)

* “American Sutra: A Conversation with Varun Soni” (Office of Religious Life/February 26, 2019)

*“Onward Buddhist Soldiers”: Japanese American Nisei Buddhist Soldiers in the Pacific Theater (Transpacific Vision Conference/Center for Transpacific Studies, January 23, 2015)

*Gary Snyder: A Conversation on Transpacific Buddhism, Ecology, and Poetry (USC Ito Center/September 24, 2012)

*Future of Global/Hybrid/Japan: A Conversation with Pico Iyer (USC Ito Center/February 23, 2012)

*Hot Water Buddha: Healing and Purification in Japanese Buddhist Bathing Culture” (School of Religion/March 24, 2010)

University of the West

* American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (March 11, 2020)

University of Minnesota

* American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Asian American Studies Program, Immigration History Research Center/March 5, 2020)

Reed College

* American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Religion Dept., History Dept., Office of Institutional Diversity/December 4, 2019)

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

Invited Lectures/Conferences (N. America/Europe) – Contd.

Grinnell College

* American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Center for Humanities, Dept. of Religious Studies/November 19, 2019)

Berea College

* American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Asian Studies Dept., Campus Christian Center/October 9, 2019)

Union Theological Seminary

* American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Thich Nhat Hanh Program for Engaged Buddhism/September 11, 2019)

University of Virginia

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Religion, Race and Democracy Lab, Department of Religious Studies/September 10, 2019)

Apple Inc. (Cupertino)

*A Conversation on “American Sutra”: Duncan Ryuken Williams and Roger Rosner [VP of Applications] (May 2, 2019)

National World War II Museum

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (April 23, 2019)

University of California, Irvine

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Dept. of Asian American Studies, Program in Religious Studies/April 15, 2019)

LA Times Festival of Books

*American Sutra Talk at “Writing the Epic American History” panel (April 13, 2019)

University of Pennsylvania

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Dept. of Religious Studies, Asian American Studies Program/April 8, 2019)

Presbyterian Historical Society

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (April 8, 2019)

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

Invited Lectures/Conferences (N. America/Europe) – Contd.

University of Oregon

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Oregon Humanities Center, Department of Religious Studies, Ethnic Studies Department, and Department of History/April 5, 2019)

San Jose State University

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center, the Humanities Dept., and the Religious Studies Program/March 21, 2019)

California State University, Fresno

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Asian American Studies Program /March 13, 2019)

University of Hawai’i

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Dept. of American Studies, Dept. of Religion/March 4, 2019)

*Contesting Loyalties: Japanese American Buddhist Participation in the World War Two American Military (Numata Conference on Buddhist Studies “Violence, Nonviolence, and Japanese Religions: Past, Present, and Future”/Dept. of Religion/March 19-21, 2014)

*Esoteric Waters: Meritorious Bathing, Kōbō Daishi, and Tales of Hot Spring Foundings (Matrices and Weavings: Expressions of Shingon Buddhism in Japanese Culture and Society Symposium/September 1, 2002)

*Green Sangha: Buddhism as a U.S.-Japan Bridge Toward Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Development (East-West Center U.S-Japan Seminar on Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Development/January 22, 1996)

Duke University

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Asian American Studies Program, Asia/Pacific Studies Institute, Dept. of Religious Studies/February 28, 2019)

*Pulling Thorns and Quelling Poisons: Medical Practices in Sōtō Zen Buddhism (Religion Dept./February 6, 2001)

University of California, Berkeley

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Center for Japanese Studies/Dept. of Ethnic Studies/February 25, 2019)

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

Invited Lectures/Conferences (N. America/Europe) – Contd.

Presidio (San Francisco)

*American Sutra – Book Talk in Conjunction with Concert by No-No Boy (February 24, 2019)

Japanese American National Museum

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (February 23, 2019)

JCC (Jewish Community Center) Manhattan

*Through a Buddhist Lens: Faith and Freedom in America – A Lecture and Dialogue with Duncan Ryuken Williams and Pico Iyer” (Tricycle Magazine, JCC Manhattan/February 21, 2019)

Yale University

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Yale Law School Legal History Forum, Asian American Cultural Center, Dept. of Religious Studies/February 20, 2019)

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II –

A Collaboration with Musician Kishi Bashi (February 19, 2019)

Brown University

* Camp Dharma: Buddhism and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration Experience (Dept. of Religious Studies/November 9, 2015)

*Sudden Salvation and Gradual Care of the Dead: Sōtō Zen Buddhism and the Blood Pool Hell Sutra (Dept. of Religious Studies/March 23, 2004)

BDK Hawai’i Futaba Memorial Lecture

*The Japanese American Buddhist Experience under Martial Law Hawai’i (Honolulu/October 24, 2015)

White House Buddhist Leadership Conference

*Keynote Address – “Voices in the Square-Action in the World” Meeting at GWU and the White House (May 14, 2015)

University of California, Los Angeles

*Japan/America: Mixed Race History and Prospects (UCLA Asian American Studies Center “Japanese and Japanese Americans: Racialization and Their Resistances” Conference/October 13, 2012)

*Multiple Loyalties: Issei Buddhist Ministers during the Wartime Incarceration (Institute of Buddhist Studies/Japanese American National Museum/UCLA Asian American Studies Center/February 21, 2003)

*Camp Dharma: Buddhism and the Internment Camps (Japanese American Religions Conference/Center for Japanese Studies/January 26, 2002)

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

Invited Lectures/Conferences (N. America/Europe) – Contd.

Center for Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies

*Onward Buddhist Soldiers: Japanese American Buddhists in the U.S. Military during World War Two

(Buddhism Beyond Borders conference/Institute for Buddhist Studies/March 19, 2010)

*The Eastward Transmission of Buddhism (Keynote Speech with Robert Thurman, Inauguration of the Center/October 21, 2006

University of Toronto

* Keynote Address (Buddhist Training in Japan Conference/April 17, 2009)

University of British Columbia

*Hybrid Japan and the Future of Japanese Studies (The Challenge of Studying Japan Workshop; Centre for Japanese Research/November 20, 2008)

Utah State University

*Buddhism and the Japanese American Internment (Religious Studies Program/March 7, 2008)

Royal Academy of Cambodia

*Buddhist Environmentalism Today: Japan and Southeast Asia (3rd Intl. Conference on Southeast Asian Cultural Values, December 13, 2007)

San Francisco Asian Art Museum

*Healing and Purification in Japanese Buddhism (May 19, 2007)

*Japanese Buddhism (Arts of Asia Lecture Series, November 3, 2006)

Stanford University

*Double Dislocation: Japanese-American Buddhism and the Internment Camps (Center for Buddhist Studies Public Lecture Series/April 12, 2007)

*Dramatic Encounters with the Other World: The Religious Background of Shini-e (The Final Bow: Kabuki Actors in Life, Death, and Beyond Symposium/April 29, 2005)

*Hot Springs, Herbal Pills, and Talismans: Three Modes of Healing in Japanese Buddhism (Workshop on Medicine and Japanese Buddhism/May 7, 2004)

*How Dōshō’s Medicine Saved Dōgen: Medicine, Dōshō’an, and Edo-Period Dōgen Biographies (Dōgen Studies Conference/October 26, 1999)

Chaminade University

*Buddhism and the Japanese-American Wartime Experience (Keynote Speech for Fujitani Interfaith Program Annual Lecture, February 24, 2007)

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

Invited Lectures/Conferences (N. America/Europe) – Contd.

California State University, Northridge

*Japanese-American Buddhism and World War Two (Religious Studies Dept., November 8, 2006)

Mt. Holyoke College

*The Ideology of Bathing in Japanese Buddhism (Freeman Foundation Asian Studies Lecture Series/October 14, 2005)

Smith College

*Publishing “The Other Side of Zen” (Five College Buddhist Studies Seminar/October 13, 2005)

*Japanese American Buddhism during WWII (Japanese American Buddhist Experience Symposium/February 12, 2002)

University of California, Riverside

*Camp Dharma: Buddhism and the World War Two Incarceration of Japanese Americans (Dept. of Religious Studies/May 2, 2005)

*Contemporary Japanese Buddhist Environmental Activism and Sustainable Development (“Buddhism and Environment” Symposium/September 15, 2003)

University of California, Santa Barbara

*Camp Dharma: Buddhism and the World War Two Incarceration of Japanese Americans (Dalai Lama XIV Endowment Lecture/November 9, 2004)

Soka University of America

*Manzanar and the other Japanese-American Camps of World War Two (February 27, 2004)

Boston University

*From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: Religion and War (A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America Workshop/June 8, 2002)

University of Colorado, Boulder

*Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American Incarceration (Alien Enemies in Wartime: Race, Ethnicity and Civil Liberties Conference/April 5, 2002)

Salisbury University

*A Buddhist-Hindu Dialogue on Ecology (Spotlight on Asia Lecture Series/October 3, 2001)

Columbia University

*Sōtō Zen and the Blood Pool Hell Sūtra (University Seminar on Buddhist Studies/April 18, 2001)

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

Invited Lectures/Conferences (N. America/Europe) – Contd.

Santa Clara University

*Buddhist Responses to Spirituality and Business (Institute for Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Conference/March 9-10, 2001)

Invited Lectures/Conferences (Japan)

Sophia University

*American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (Institute of American and Canadian Studies, May 8, 2019)

*Religion and Environmental Philosophy: A Focus on Buddhism (Faculty of Comparative Culture/ December 10, 2001)

Komazawa University

*Zen Branding: A Global Approach (Distinguished Lecture/March 18, 2017) [in Japanese]

*Kinsei Sōtōshū no tenkai to genze riyaku [Early Modern Sōtō Zen Buddhism and “This-Worldly Benefits”] (Komazawa Shigakkai/June 24, 2000) [in Japanese]

Nihon University

* Hapa Japan: Hybrid Nihonjin no Kanōsei (3rd Annual Distinguished Lecture, International Relations Division/October 3, 2014) [in Japanese]

Osaka University

*Religion, Conservatism, and the Past and Future of Multiethnic Japan” (Global Collaboration Center/August 28, 2014)

*Global Hapa Japan: History, Identity, Community (1st Annual Mixed Roots Academic Conference/August 8, 2011)

Daihonzan Eiheiji and Daihonzan Sōjiji - Head Monasteries of the Sōtō Zen School

*Bukkyō Tōzen to Haiburiddo Japan [The Eastward Transmission of Buddhism and Hybrid Japan] (June 17 and 19, 2008) [in Japanese]

Hannan University

*Senzen Nikkei bukkyō: Issei to Nisei no hikaku [Pre-war Japanese-American Buddhism: A Comparative Study of the Issei and the Nisei] (July 25, 2005) [in Japanese]

Ryūkoku University

*Bukkyō to kankyō mondai: Nihon ni okeru kenkyū to katsudō [Buddhism and Environmental Issues: Research and Action in Japan] (Buddhism and Environmental Research Project/July 19, 2003) [in Japanese]

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

Invited Lectures/Conferences (Japan) – Contd.

Komazawa Women’s College

*Iyashi to kyūsai: Nihon no onsen bunka [Healing and Salvation: Japan’s Hot Springs Culture] (Symposium on “Healing and Salvation”/July 10, 2003) [in Japanese]

Imingaku Kenkyūkai (Association for Immigration Studies)

*Nikkei imin to senzen/senjichū no bukkyō [Pre-war and Wartime Buddhism of Japanese-American Immigrants] (International House/June 14, 2003) [in Japanese]

Ochanomizu Women’s College

*Kiyome to iyashi no bunka: Nihon shūkyō to nyūyokushi [The Culture of Purification and Healing: Religion and the History of Bathing in Japan] (4th International Japanese Studies Symposium/July 13, 2002) [in Japanese]

Tokyo University

*Kinsei Zenshū ni okeru kusuri to byōki naoshi [Medicine and Healing in Early Modern Zen Buddhism] (Zenshū Kenkyūkai/May 21, 1999) [in Japanese]

Respondent/Moderator/Discussant for Panels

American Academy of Religion

Buddhism and Racism Across Asia, Europe, and North America (Buddhism Section/Buddhism in the West Group), San Diego/December 1, 2020)

Issei Buddhism in the Americas: Japanese-American Buddhist Diaspora panel (Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group), Montreal/November 9, 2009)

Negotiating Inclusion and Exclusion panel (Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group), Chicago/Nov. 3, 2008)

Intersection of Religious and Spiritual Practices in Hawai’i panel (Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group), Washington D.C./November 19, 2006)

Buddhism in Asian America panel(Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group), Denver/ Nov. 19, 2001)

Association for Asian American Studies

Public Fears in Pre-WW2 Japanese America panel/AAAS Annual Conference, Washington D.C., April 13, 2012

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama Roundtable Discussion: Secular Ethics: Origins, Elements and Their Function in Society

University of Southern California, May 3, 2011

Duncan Ryūken Williams

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE TALKS

Respondent/Moderator/Discussant for Panels (Contd.)

University of Toronto

Codification, Orthodoxy, and Training panel/Buddhist Training in Japan Conference, April 17, 2009

Sōtō Zen International 15th Anniversary Symposium

Sōtō Zen Buddhism on the Global Stage/Tokyo Grand Hotel, June 18, 2008

UC Stanford Buddhist Studies Conference

Asilomar Conference Grounds, March 29, 2008

Asian Pacific American Book Festival

Spirited Family: Spirituality in Unusual Places panel/Japanese American National Museum, May 12, 2007

Buddhist Relics Redux: A Workshop Sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Studies

University of California, Berkeley, November 5, 2005

American Historical Association

Dharma Crossings/Seattle, January 7, 2005

Buddhism in America: Methods and Findings in Recent Research Conference

Japanese American Buddhism/Harvard University, May 1997

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