The Walter and Mary Tuohy Chair of Interreligious Studies was founded by Mr. Walter Tuohy, former vice chairman and chief executive of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. He was a dedicated Catholic layman, and active member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and a zealous promoter of religious understanding.

Under the auspices of the Tuohy Chair, the University offers a series of courses and free public lectures on interreligious topics. This program is designed to bring scholars of major religious traditions to campus for dialogue with students, faculty, religious leaders, and the general public.


Please join the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in welcoming the Spring 2014 Tuohy Chair fellow, Maria Heim, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religion at Amherst College.

Spring 2014 Lecture Series
“Buddhist Ideals of Human Flourishing: Beauty, Love, and Happiness in Ancient Theravada Buddhism”

SUNDAY, March 16, 2014
The Beauty and Pleasure of Ancient Texts

MONDAY, March 17, 2014
Varieties of Love in Early Buddhist Texts

TUESDAY, March 18, 2014
Conceptions of Happiness in Theravada Buddhism

All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology.

Free and open to the public