Upcoming Events

Upcoming Guest Lecture

Venkatesa Iyengar (from India) will talk about the "Life and Philosophy of Ramanuja"

Saturday, April 14th from 4:00-5:30pm, in Arts & Science 200

Snacks will be served.

Film Screening & Panel Discussion

133 Mumford Hall

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Film Screening: 3.30-6.00pm
Panel Discussion: 6.30-8.00pm

Panel Discussion
Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children: Literature, National Imaginaries, and Freedom of Speech

Alex George (Founder, Unbound Book Festival, Lawyer, & Academic)
Karen Piper (Professor, English)
Yassine Dguidegue (Ph.D. Candidate, Rural Sociology)
Kavita Pillai (Ph.D. Candidate, English)

Elizabeth Hornbeck (Assistant Teaching Professor, Art History & Archaeology)


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South Asian Events outside MU

A Lecture Discussion Event
To Honor and Celebrate 150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita (1867-1911)
A Pioneering Irish Lady Who Gave Her All for the Betterment of Women

Saturday, April 29, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Brauer Hall, Room 12
Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri

(Free Parking in Yellow Spots)

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Upcoming Guest Lecture

“Translating Yoga to the West: The Colonial Reception of the Yoga Sutra”
Dr. Peter Valdina, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Albion College

When: TBD - forthcoming

Location: TBD

Professor Valdina will present his research on how a community of translators in nineteenth-century Calcutta (now Kolkata) used Patañjali's text as a source for debating and reshaping colonial agendas. Here is what he says: “After his famous address at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, Swami Vivekananda published an English translation of Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra, presenting it as a canonical Sanskrit text on the philosophy of yoga. But what was the status of the Yoga Sūtra before Vivekananda?

Dr. Valdina received his Ph.D. from the West and South Asian Religions program of the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University in 2013. His current work examines the social history of a set of translators of Patañjali's text in nineteenth-century Bengal.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and The Rufus Monroe & Sofie Hougaard Paine Lecture Series, and is co-sponsored by the South Asia Studies Program

Free and open to the public