South Asia Lectures at W&L

Shankar Nair, University of Virginia
An Iranian Philosopher Roams India: Making Sense of an Early Modern Muslim Interpretation of Hinduism
14 March 2017

Neeti Nair, University of Virginia
The Historian as Judge: Free Speech Case Laws in Postcolonial India and Pakistan
15 November 2016

Johannes Bronkhorst, University of Lausanne
Can Religion Be Explained?
Root Lecture
17 March 2015

John Dunne, Emory University
Reification and Mindfulness: Frontiers of Contemplative Science
Root Lecture
8 March 2012

Susan L. Huntington, Ohio State University and Huntington Photographic Archive of Buddhist Art
Early Buddhist Art and the Emperor’s New Clothes
26 January 2011

Dina Bangdel, Virginia Commonwealth University
Naked Buddhas: Tourist Art and Cultural Imagining
22 October 2010

Ravi Gupta, College of William and Mary
God or Guru: A Hindu View of Jesus
8 March 2010

Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University,
Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain
Spotlight on Religion in the Middle East
Co-sponsored by Contact and the Department of Religion
27 November 2007

M. S. Nagaraja Rao, former director general, Archaeological Survey of India
The On-Going Preservation and Protection of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Hampi (Vijayanagar)
Sponsored by the International Education Office
8 November 2007

Donald R. Davis, Jr., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Matrilineal Adoption, Inheritance Law, and Rites for the Dead among Hindus in Medieval Kerala
Sponsored by the University Lecture Series, the Department of Religion, and the Cultural Studies Colloquium
9 May 2006

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Ligmincha Institute, Charlottesville
A Tibetan View of the Relationship between Mind and Body
The Root Lecture for 2004-2005
27 April 2005

Walter Andersen, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies
Hinduism in Politics: A New Charter for India?
Sponsored by the University Lecture Series and the Department of Religion
14 May 2003

Gary Tubb, Columbia University
The Truth Which Is Every Day Seen: Science and Worldviews in Jaisingh’s Astronomy
24 February 2003

Gananath Obeyesekere, Princeton University
Prophets of Theosophy: The Spiritual Journeys of Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott
The Root Lecture for 2001-2002
28 November 2001
Relevant link: Blavatsky Archives

Cynthia Atherton, Middlebury College
Flowers, Full Moons, & Festivals: Celebrating Krishna through the Seasons in Vrindaban, India
29 May 2001

Amitav Ghosh, Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College, City University of New York
Faith and Fundamentalism
4 December 2000
Links: Ghosh’s website and Emory’s page on Ghosh

Ainslie Embree, Columbia University 
India in the Contemporary World
21 March 2000