Biography of Speaker:

Public Lecture: "Deliver Us from Evil: The Daoist Quest for Release in Medieval China”

Franciscus Verellen is a professor in the History of Daoism at the Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO). He is a member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres and a senior research fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies,The Chinese University of Hong Kong. From 2004 to 2014 he served as director of the EFEO. With Kristofer Schipper, Verellen co-edited The Taoist Canon: A Historical Companion to the Daozang (Chicago, 2004). The present lecture is drawn from his forthcoming book.