Panels & Speakers 2003-2004

Panels & Speakers

Brown Bag Lunch Schedule

"Studying Hinduism as an Interdisciplinary Practice: Notes from Boston, Oxford, and Delhi"

Tuesday, October 21, 2003, Noon - 1:15PM, The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, 24 Quincy Road, Conference Room.

The study of Hindu religious traditions requires that a range of cultural and social factors be taken into account; and these vary from location to location, in India and the West. Observations based on recent experiences here, at Oxford, and on a recent trip to Chennai and Delhi.

A reserved lunch will be provided. Please contact Susan Richard at before Monday, October 20th to reserve a lunch.

"How to Read an Upanisad" - Swami Tyagananda of the Vedanta Society

Wednesday, October 22, 7:30PM, Higgins 310.

Swami Tyagananda will teach a section of the Katha Upanisad - 1.3.3-9, (The famous Chariot image) and then discuss the nature of his teaching as representative of traditional Indian techniques. The brief text and preferred translation will be distributed at the session, but is also available in advance from Frank Clooney SJ.

Rev. Norbert Hofmann - Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jewish People.

Thursday, October 23, Noon-1:30PM, 3rd Flr. Conference Room (#328) in 21 Campanella Way. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

Rev. Norbert Hofmann will be our guest. He will offer a few remarks about the Commission's current endeavors and plans, and then engage in an informal chat with those present.

He is visiting us to be present at the premiere of our video series "Walking God's Paths" the night before, as well as for a gathering of the Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations ( whose work our Center sponsors), and the immediately following second annual meeting of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian relations.

Prof Felix Wilfred, Visiting Joseph Professor - NATION-STATE, MULTICULTURALISM AND MINORITIES India and United States - A Comparative Perspective.

Friday November 7th, 3-5PM on Nov 7th, 3rd Flr. Conference Room (#328) in 21 Campanella Way.

The seminar will focus on some of the political theories grappling with these issues, and also the translation of these issues in constitution and juridical practice, in order to identify the common areas of difficulties - both theoretical and practical. The sharing will also highlight the difference in approaching these issues in United States and India - difference which go back, among other things, to the formation of these societies and the historical and context-related issues each country has had to face, and continues to face. The seminar will also include the opportunity to draw out some implications for inter-religious relationships.

Light refreshments will be served. Please feel free to invite others who might be interested, and contact Frank Clooney ( or Prof Wilfred ( if you have any questions.

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