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Hummingbirds and Orchids Martin Johnson Heade
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Hummingbirds and Orchids (47.36) — Martin Johnson Heade

Including Dogs, Horses, Cows, Dalits, and Women: An Alternative Narrative of the Hindus

Sunday, November 16, 2008 |2:00 PM

  • For Everyone

How does one go about telling the story of the Hindus, including the maverick as well as the mainstream? Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, shows how ancient Sanskrit texts reveal a great deal about women and the lower castes and are often sympathetic to them. Over time, these stories, which sometimes mask human narratives with animal tales, show how attitudes toward these groups constantly shifted.


This lecture is sponsored by Asian and Islamic Art Forum

All lectures are held in the DIA Lecture Hall, and are free and open to the public with museum admission. AIAF members are invited to receptions that follow to meet the speakers. Tickets to the reception are $20 per person.

Parking is available in the Cultural Center Lot on John R Street, behind the museum. During regular opening hours, valet parking is available on Farnsworth Street. Please enter through the Loggia entrance only when museum is closed to the public.

For further information, please call 313-833-1721, or send an e-mail to rgoodwin@dia.org