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Thayer Lecture Examines Hinduism

Religion scholar Wendy Doniger to speak at Randolph

1/21/2008 11:17:46 AM


Wendy Doniger

Renowned religion scholar Wendy Doniger will deliver the annual Philip Thayer Memorial Lecture, "An Alternative History of the Hindus: Including Women, Outcastes, Horses, Dogs, and Cows," on Monday, February 11, 2008, in the Wimberly Recital Hall of Presser Hall at Randolph College at 8 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Doniger, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions and director of the Martin Marty Center at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, is internationally known for her translations into English of Sansrit classics from the Rigveda, Mahabharata and Puranas to the Kama Sutra, and for her brilliant comparative studies that bring fresh insights to the understanding of mythology and symbol systems.

"Dr. Doniger was invited as the 2008 Thayer Lecturer for her lively interdisciplinary studies and her recent scholarship on gender transpositions and masquerades in world myths, folklore, literature, theatre, opera, and film," said Susan Stevens, professor of classics and organizer of this year's lecture.

Author of some 30 books and scores of articles, she is completing a new work on Hinduism. Her recent book, The Woman Who Pretended to be Who She Was, is on electronic reserve at Lipscomb Library as well as an annotated list of her other books.

A fancier of Arab horses, she is also a lifelong dog lover, and animals are certain to star in her February lecture.

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