Award-winning novelist, designer and philosopher in the UH speaker series


Charles Johnson

One of the country’s most famous literary figures will join a special university in Hawaii series to highlight the success of more than two dozen novels and the role religion plays in shaping her writing and imagination. Nationally acclaimed author Charles Johnson to participate in a live conversation in 2021 Hawaii Book and Music Festival in partnership with the EUH Better Tomorrow Lecture Series.

Johnson, a longtime student of Buddhism, says the practice shapes his way of life and will delve deeper into an upcoming graphic novel that interweaves Buddhist teachings and Afrofuturism.

The online forum, Buddhism, Writing and Race, is free and open to the public, and will be held on Sunday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m. (Sign up online)

Johnson, winner of the National Book Award, is also a cartoonist, screenwriter, philosopher and recipient of countless honors, including a MacArthur “genius” scholarship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize for Literature and the WEB Du Bois Prize. . at the National Conference of Black Writers.

“During his career, Johnson has influenced the fields of the arts and humanities,” said Pierre Arnade, Dean of EUH by Manoa College of Arts, Languages ​​and Letters. “We are honored to have him in conversation with our own George tanabé. “

George tanabé
George tanabé

Tanabe, professor emeritus of the EUH Mānoa’s Department of Religion has been a key figure in Hawaii in the field of religion for over 40 years. In 2014, the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu awarded Tanabe the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Neck Ribbon for strengthening academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Japan.

“Johnson is a dominant figure in literature, but he also has a clear idea of ​​the meaning and future of Buddhism in America,” Tanabe said.

This event is organized in partnership with the Hawaii Book and Music Festival with the support of Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai Hawaii.

The Better Tomorrow Lecture Series is a joint venture of EUH Manoa, the Hawaii Kamehameha Community Foundation and Schools.

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