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The Blend of Literary and Historical Fantasy in the Italian New Right

Teaching[edit]

Smith taught at the University of Denver from 1944 to 1947; then at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, for the next 10 years.[12] He was then appointed professor and chair of the philosophy department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1958 to 1973. While there, he participated in experiments with psychedelics that professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (aka “Ram Dass”) conducted at Harvard University. He then moved to Syracuse University, where he was Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Philosophy until his retirement in 1983 and emeritus status. At University of California, Berkeley he was visiting professor of religious studies.

Television and film[edit]

While at Washington University, Smith was the host of two National Educational Television series (NET – the forerunner of PBS): The Religions of Man and Search for America.[13]

In 1996, Bill Moyers devoted a 5-part PBS special to Smith’s life and work, “The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith”. Smith has produced three series for public television: “The Religions of Man”, “The Search for America”, and (with Arthur Compton) “Science and Human Responsibility”. His films on Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism have all won awards at international film festivals.

  • The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith: A Bill Moyers Special: A Personal Philosophy, 1996, PBS, DVD
  • The Roots of Fundamentalism: A Conversation with Huston Smith and Phil Cousineau, 2006, GemsTone, DVD
  • Death and Transformation: The Personal Reflections of Huston Smith, 2007, Fons Vitae, DVD
  • The Arc of Life: Huston Smith on Life, Death & Beyond, 2012, GemsTone, DVD[14]