Bryant International Forum: Religion Exchanges Along the Silk Road

Dr. James Kodera

Professor of Religion

Wellesley College


During our last seminar on the Silk Road and the Dunhuang Caves, Dr. James Kodera will discuss the exchanges of different religions accross the Silk Road. Kodera is a professor of religion at Wellsley College and will be elaborating on how the Silk Road housed the discussion of new ideas and debates on religious values. 

Dr. James Kodera will address the following questions in the seminar:

·        How Buddhism was introduced to China along the Silk Roads

·        How Buddhism was transformed into the Chinese version

·        How different religions (Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Daoism) interacted along the Silk Roads


Dr. Kodera is Professor of Religion at Wellesley College. He is committed to the academic study of religion from the historical and comparative perspective, with a focus on Asia, broadly including both East Asia and South Asia. Dr. Kodera offers courses on Buddhism from its origin in India through its development in China, Korea, Japan and the West. Dr. Kodera has also written on the place and the role of Christianity in East Asia, including the Jesuits in the 16th century and Uchimura Kanzo.


Dr. Kodera received his B.A. degree from Carleton College and M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.


Dr. Kodera is the first Asian American ordained to the priesthood, in 1985, in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts since its inception in 1784. On a part-time basis, he has served in parishes in Brookline, Southborough and Sudbury, all in MA, until 2000, when he was called to serve as Priest-in-Charge and then as Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hudson, MA. Meanwhile, Dr. Kodera has served in a number of regional and national committees of the Episcopal Church, including the presidency of the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry Council.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Colleen Balk 

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Bello Center Grand Hall

Event Type

Multicultural/International, Academic


U.S. China Institute

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