The Thursday series will be presented by a single speaker, Patricia Q Campbell

Patricia Campbell earned her PhD from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2009. She is an author and part-time university instructor who teaches in the areas of Eastern religions, religious diversity, and ritual studies. She has taught courses at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Mount Allison University, and Georgian College. This lecture series, Beauty and Belief, is based on a course she first developed and taught at Mt. Allison in 2011. Patricia also leads workshops and seminars on business and academic communication and organizational skills.

Beauty and Belief explores the connections between art and spirituality in South and East Asia, mainly within Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The series investigates the creation and symbolism of religious art and its use in community and private practice. Along the way, the series explores a variety of art forms including ritual objects, paintings, sacred space, poetry, texts, and other media, uncovering the intriguing links between art, ritual, philosophy, and spirituality.