The Salameno Lecture at Stonehill College will welcome Wendy Doniger, a leading American scholar on India and Hinduism, on Monday, March 21 at 4 p.m. in Alumni Hall where she will discuss Blasphemy and Censorship in Ancient and Contemporary India. The event will be free and open to the public.
Her presentation will tell the history of this topic and tap into a major controversy that surrounds Doniger’s book “The Hindus: An Alternative History,” which was banned in India in 2014. Hindu critics regarded her book as heretical, inaccurate and offensive to their religion. Others saw the case as a blow to freedom of expression in the world’s largest democracy.
The Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School, Doniger is also the editor of the scholarly journal History of Religions.
In 1985, she was elected president of the American Academy of Religion, and in 1997, was elected president of the Association for Asian Studies.
Doniger began writing in the 1960s and has since authored over 40 books including “Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva,” “Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook,” “The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology,” “Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts,” and “The Rig Veda: An Anthology, 108 Hymns Translated from the Sanskrit.”
About the Salameno Lecture
The Salameno Lecture Series in History was created through the generosity of trustees Lawrence and Theresa Salameno, who sponsored the first endowed chair in the College's history. The Salameno's generosity allows Stonehill to bring some of the country's foremost scholars to campus.