34th Annual Witherspoon Lecture: Paradise Lost? Krishna’s Forest Playground Meets the 21st Century

John Stratton Hawley of Columbia University will look at the Krishna faith in the 21st Century at the 34th Annual Loy H. Witherspoon Lectures in Religious Studies on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at UNC Charlotte Center City.

In 2016-17, Hawley was a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow in India where he worked on a project called “The New Vrindavan,” which forms the basis for his 2018 Witherspoon Lecture.

A 6:00 p.m. reception will be followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. The lecture is open to the public without charge, but RSVPs are requested here. Complimentary parking will be available in the lot at 430 E. 9th Street, directly across Brevard from UNC Charlotte Center City. Information on obtaining a complimentary permit will be sent to RSVPs before the lecture.

Hawley is the Claire Tow Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University. His most recent books on India’s bhakti traditions are A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement (Harvard, 2015), Sur’s Ocean (with Kenneth Bryant, Harvard, 2015), and a poem-by-poem commentary called Into Sur’s Ocean (Harvard Oriental Series, 2016). A Storm of Songs received the Coomaraswamy Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 2017. Hawley has received multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2016-17 he was in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, working on a project called “The New Vrindavan,” which forms the basis for his 2018 Witherspoon Lecture.

The Loy H. Witherspoon Lectures in Religious Studies, the oldest and most prestigious endowed lecture series at UNC Charlotte, was established in 1984 to honor the distinguished career and service of Professor Loy H. Witherspoon, the first chairperson of the department of religious studies at UNC Charlotte. He was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion when he died on Jan. 15, 2017.

For more information about the Department of Religious Studies and the Witherspoon Lectures in Religious Studies, visit the department’s website.

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