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June 7, 2013

Scholar will talk about India, religious past

TRAVERSE CITY — Religious scholar John Stratton Hawley will speak on India and how its religious past shaped the heart of the country, then and now.

His June 20 speech will explore whether Muslims played a role in India’s historical narrative or whether they were effectively excluded. He’ll also talk about Dalits, the people who used to be called “untouchables,” and the role women played.

Hawley also will discuss how the United States is shaping the image of its own religious past. The religious debate in this country continues to be a divisive one; Hawley will draw parallels to similar debates in India, the world’s most populous democracy.

Hawley is a professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, and has authored or edited 16 books, largely concerning Hinduism and the bhakti traditions of north India.

The speech begins at 6 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center’s Milliken Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. All programs begin with a reception in the Sculpture Court at 5:15 p.m.

Individual lecture tickets are $10 and available at the door. Current educators and students are admitted free. For memberships or more or information, call NMC Extended Educational Services at (231) 995-1700.

The speech is part of the International Affairs Forum. The eight-part series brings diplomats, policy makers, journalists and others from around the world to Milliken Auditorium. Speakers for the 2013-14 lecture series will be announced later this summer.

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