Author Pankaj Mishra will examine “Religion in the Modern World,” March 9, 2016

What does it mean to be religious today? Does religion actually exist in the modern world? Why do we blame religion or religious extremism for conflict and violence? Author Pankaj Mishra will explore these questions in his lecture, “Religion in the Modern World.” This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 5:30pm, in Taylor Hall, room 203.  

Mishra is the author of several books that examine cultural issues, including From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia, which has been widely acclaimed. In 2014, it became the first book by a non-Western writer to win Germany’s prestigious Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding. His novel The Romantics won the Los Angeles Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for first fiction. His forthcoming book is A Great Clamour: Encounters with China and its Neighbors.

Mishra is also a columnist for Bloomberg View and the New York Times Book Review, and contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, the Guardian, and the New Yorker. In 2014, he was awarded Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Literature Prize.  

This event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program with co-sponsorship by the Office of Dean of Faculty, the Departments of English, Political Science and Religion, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, February 24, 2016