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Dr. Duncan Ryuken Williams

Wrong Dr. Duncan Ryuken Williams?


USC Dornsife School of Religion

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member


  • B.A. , Religious Studies
    Reed College
  • Ph.D. , Religion
    Harvard University
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Shinnyo-en and the University of Southern California Announce a New Partnership for Education and Global Understanding - Shinnyo, 15 Mar 2014 [cached]
rofessor Duncan Ryuken Williams, chair of the USC Dornsife School of Religion and director of the new USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture said, "With the support of Shinnyo-en, we will continue to deepen the understanding between the peoples of Japan and America by promoting study of Japan, study in Japan, and study with Japan.
Rev. Dr. Duncan ... [cached]
Rev. Dr. Duncan Williams
Rev. Dr. Duncan Williams
Dr. Duncan Williams, Chairman, USC School of Religion & Director, USC Center for Japanese Religions & Cultures
spotthecat : Shinnyo-en Foundation, 12 Jan 2012 [cached]
Interview with Dr. Duncan Williams
Dr. Duncan Williams, Chair of the Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley Duncan Williams, Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism, received his B.A. in Religious Studies at Reed College (1991), his M.T.S. at Harvard Divinity School (1993), and Ph.D. in Religion at Harvard University (2000). He works primarily on Japanese Buddhist history, Buddhism and environmentalism, and [...]
Christopher A. Joseph & Associates: News, 17 Sept 2006 [cached]
"We are prohibited to go within 10 feet of the fence, and it is most painful to be cut off from the outside world," Tana wrote, according to Duncan Williams, associate professor of Japanese Buddhism at UC Berkeley. Williams is translating Tana's memoirs, which exceed 1,600 pages.
Tana, 40 at the time, told authorities he had studied at Kyoto Buddhist College in Japan and had come to this country as a missionary in the early 1930s, Williams said in an interview. After Tana's detention at Tuna Canyon and later in Santa Fe, N.M., he moved to San Mateo and eventually to Hawaii. He died in 1972.
"This historic gift to the USC ..., 21 June 2012 [cached]
"This historic gift to the USC School of Religion highlights the department's commitment to study the enduring questions of human life and values from a global perspective," said Duncan Williams, the chair of the USC School of Religion.
Williams is one of few ordained Buddhist priests to chair a religious studies department in the United States. He previously served as the Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University and held the Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair of Japanese Buddhism at the University of California, Berkeley.
"The USC School of Religion is creating a distinctive program embodying a new Asia Pacific/West Coast style of religious studies," Williams said. "We aim for a multi-faith and global religious studies program that takes advantage of our place and moment as we position ourselves to be the intellectual hub for the Asia Pacific century."
"This gift will help distinguish the USC School of Religion by emphasizing strengths in areas that don't have a history in divinity schools," Williams said.
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