Associate professor of sociology at National University of Ireland Maynooth, Dr. Laurence Cox lectures on “Irish Hobo, Buddhist Monk, Anti-colonial Celebrity: The Strange Story of U Dhammaloka/Laurence Carroll” as part of Princeton University’s 2020-21 Fund for Irish Studies series.
Laurence Carroll / U Dhammaloka (1856-1914) was a Dublin-born emigrant, US hobo and Pacific sailor who became a Buddhist monk in Burma and an anti-colonial celebrity active from Sri Lanka to Japan. In this lecture, Cox, co-author of The Irish Buddhist: the Forgotten Monk who Faced Down the British Empire (Oxford 2020), looks at some of the most dramatic moments in Dhammaloka’s extraordinary life and explores how he brought his Irish and American experience to bear on religion, race and the challenge to Empire in Asia.
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