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Expert on Japanese religion to speak at UNI

October 14, 2013

Martha Reineke, professor, UNI Department of Philosophy & World Religions, 319-273-6233,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- One of the most noted scholars of Japanese religion, Steven Heine, will partner with UNI world religions professor Martha Reineke to deliver a lecture on religion in contemporary Japan at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Sabin Hall, Room 002 on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The lecture, "Japanese Religion: A View from the Streets of Tokyo," will feature photos and first-hand experiences from Reineke's recent trip to Japan.

"In our global society, graduates of UNI and members of our community are increasingly likely to go to an Asian country as part of their work. My lecture will better prepare persons to understand the religious beliefs and practices of persons they may encounter while conducting business in East Asia," said Reineke. "Persons who plan to visit Japan as tourists will also find this lecture a good introduction to Japanese culture and religion."

The groundbreaking research published in Heine's book "Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Religious Sites in Two Tokyo Neighborhoods" served as a guide for Reineke's trip and will also be the basis for the lecture.

For more information, contact Reineke at 319-273-6233 or