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The Garden Next Door: How One Woman Was Struck by Lightning, Talked to God, and Came Back to Dream the Future

Jeffrey Kripal
J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Philosophy and Religious Thought, Rice University
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 17:30

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


In this lecture, Prof. Kripal will discuss his work with Elizabeth Krohn, a Houston woman who was struck by lightning in September of 1988 in the parking lot of her synagogue. The lecture will discuss some of the details of her subsequent near-death experience and the bizarre, and often terrifying, paranormal events that ensued. He will use these materials to refl ect on the limitations of our present models of the human and what these same materials might mean for the future of the humanities.


Jeff rey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is the author of Comparing Religions (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014); Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal (Chicago, 2011); Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion (Chicago, 2007) and many other books. His present areas of writing and research include the articulation of a New Comparativism within the study of religion that will put “the impossible” back on the table again.