The Comparison Project

The Comparison Project is an experimental effort in a philosophy of religion that is historically grounded and religiously diverse. Our core programming consists of an biennial series of lectures, dialogues, and comparisons on a common religious theme. We work with the religious communities of greater Des Moines to create digital stories by and about them. And students in our comparative religion classes generate supplementary resources to complement our core programming.

Our Next Event:

Exhibitions on Art and Ineffability

Drake University’s Comparison Project hosts two exhibitions on art and ineffability during the month of November with opening events on Friday, November 7. The opening events feature poetic and musical performances of ineffability from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Weeks Gallery, a gallery talk on contemporary abstract painting as a form of wordless communication at …read more


Photos from the opening of Performing Ineffability: Art, Poetry, Music

Using a Net to Catch the Air: Poetry, Ineffability, and Small Stones in a Shoe

Christopher Janke, Independent Poet and Artist Thursday, November 6, 6:00 p.m. Cowles Library Reading Room Using a Net to Catch the Air: Poetry, Ineffability, and Small Stones in a Shoe is a free-form lecture—a meditation—on the way certain poets create aesthetic experiences by simultaneously constructing and undermining their own linguistic creations. Christopher Janke explores the connection …read more

“That From Which All Words Return”: The Distinctive Methods of Language Utilization in Hinduism’s Philosophical Tradition of Advaita Vedanta

Lecture by Anantanand Rambachan, Professor of Religion, St. Olaf College Thursday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center Advaita is a non-dual Vedānta tradition within Hinduism, based on an exegesis of the Upaniṣads, the final sections of the Vedas. Its principal systematizer and exponent is Śaṅkara (ca. 8th CE). Advaita regards the words of …read more