Grace Forum Online with Dr. Wendy Doniger: Discovering Hinduism: History and Mythology Entwined
Friday, March 6 @ 6:00 pm
Join us for Grace Cathedral’s flagship conversation program online with one of the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism.
What is Hinduism, a religion practiced by over one billion people? Join us to hear from Wendy Doniger, one of the world’s foremost scholars of Hinduism, in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about one of the world’s oldest major religions. Holding doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard and Oxford, Doniger is Professor Emerita of the University of Chicago and a prolific author, translator and editor, publishing almost thirty books in as many years. Recent works include Against Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics, Redeeming the Kamasutra, and Pluralism and Democracy in India: Debating the Hindu Right. Her groundbreaking work The Hindus: An Alternative History elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds, the inner life and the social history of Hindus.
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About the guest
Wendy Doniger’s research and teaching interests revolved around two basic areas, Hinduism and mythology. Her courses in mythology addressed themes in cross-cultural expanses, such as death, dreams, evil, horses, sex, and women; her courses in Hinduism covered a broad spectrum that, in addition to mythology, considered literature, law, gender, and zoology. Among over forty books are Siva: The Erotic Ascetic; The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology; Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts. Among her translations are the Penguin Classics Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook, Translated from the Sanskrit and The Rig Veda: An Anthology, 108 Hymns Translated from the Sanskrit. In press is Winged Stallions and Wicked Mares: Horses in Indian Myth and History; and in progress is a novel, Horses for Lovers, Dogs for Husbands
About the host
The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.
About The Forum
The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.