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Schiffman Lecture Series to feature noted neurological, Zen authority

Columbia College's Althea W. and John A. Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies will feature Dr. James Austin, clinical neurologist, researcher and Zen practitioner, as he presents "Zen and the Brain" at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus.

Austin is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and Professor Emeritus of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health and Science Center.

Austin is the author of more than 140 professional publications, including the best-selling book Zen and the Brain and its sequel, Zen-Brain Reflections. He is also the author of Chase, Chance and Creativity and Selfless Insight: Zen and the Meditative Transformations of Consciousness.

The Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies was created to educate students, faculty, staff and the community about religion's influence on society in the United States and globally. Previous lectures in Religious Studies have touched on topics such as the evolution of God, Judaism and Islam. For more information about the Schiffman Lecture Series, go to

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