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SCHEDULE CHANGE: Russian Orthodox scholar, Tufts professor to give BYU lectures March 21-22

Natalia A. Pecherskaya, rector and founder of the St. Petersburg School of Religion and Philosophy, will speak at two lectures about the Russian Orthodox Church Monday and Tuesday, March 21-22, in B192 Joseph F. Smith Building at Brigham Young University.

Monday’s lecture will be titled “Russian Orthodoxy Today” and will begin at 11 a.m.

On Tuesday beginning at 12:30 p.m. in B192 JFSB, Pecherskaya will discuss "Charity in the Russian Orthodox Church," followed by Charles S. Inouye, director of the International Letters and Visual Studies at Tufts University, who will discuss "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Postmodernism, and the Fullness of Times."

The lectures are hosted by James Faulconer, professor of philosophy at BYU and current holder of the Richards L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding, and admission is free.

Pecherskaya is the chairperson of the project “Multidisciplinary Collaboration in Science, Religion, Culture: Preparing Community Leaders for the Twenty-first  Century,” supported by the Metanexus Global Network Initiative Catalyst Grant Award.

Pecherskaya has written more than 50 articles in the leading domestic and foreign, scholarly and public journals devoted to pure and applied mathematics and many other academic fronts. She is the convener and editor of 10 volumes of collected scholarly works in Russian, eight volumes in English, and convener of the series “Science and Faith” in Russian and English.

A native of Russia, Pecherskaya received a master’s degree in applied mathematics and a doctorate in mathematical cybernetics from Leningrad State University.

Inouye has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree from the Kobe Daigaku and a doctorate from Harvard University. He has been a faculty member at Tufts since 1991, where he specializes in Japanese culture and literature.

For more information, contact James Faulconer at (801) 422-9781 or e-mail

Writer: Mel Gardner

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