Distinguished Visiting Humanist: Wendy Doniger

March 22, 2017 - March 24, 2017

Wendy Doniger has taught at the University of Chicago since 1978, where she is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Committee on Social Thought.  She is an extremely accomplished scholar of Sanskrit texts, mythology, and Hindu religious traditions who has particularly explored sexuality in myth and religion.  Doniger is the author of seventeen interpretive studies and many more translations and other volumes, including the prize-winning The Hindus:  An Alternative History (2010).  Doniger holds seven honorary degrees, including one from Harvard, where she received her undergraduate and graduate training.  She also holds a DPhil from Oxford University.  She has been president of the American Academy of Religion and the Association for Asian Studies.  Among her many honors and awards, the 2008 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion from the American Academy of Religion is especially notable.

Wednesday, March 22

5pm: The Subversion of Religion by Science in Ancient India, and The Subversion of Science by Religion in Contemporary India (Hawkins-Carlson Room)

6:15pm: Reception (Humanities Center)

Thursday, March 23

10am: Office hours (Humanities Center Conference Room C)

4pm: Life of Learning: How My Mother (who died in 1991) Prepared Me to Confront Hindu Fundamentalists in 2010 (Hawkins-Carlson Room)

Category: Distinguished Visiting Humanist