Sunday, April 1, 2012
03:00 PM–04:00 PM
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Exploring some of the lore that surrounds Indian jewelry, Wendy Doniger from University of Chicago will examine ancient Indian stories of rings in which men accuse women of unchastely behavior only to have the ring prove that it was the man, in fact, who was unchaste. According to the lore, the ring also validates the woman’s child as the true heir. These stories show us the breadth and power of the desire to project the responsibility for sexual rejection or betrayal onto an external force like a gold ring or another empowered and symbolically complex piece of Indian jewelry.
About the Speaker
Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School at University of Chicago. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University and D.Phil. at Oxford University.
Wendy Doniger's research and teaching focus on translating, interpreting, and comparing elements of Hinduism through modern contexts of gender, sexuality and identity. Her courses in mythology address themes in cross-cultural expanses, such as death, dreams, evil, horses, sex, and women; her courses in Hinduism cover a broad spectrum that, in addition to mythology, considers literature, law, gender and zoology.
This is the John & Berthe Ford Annual Lectureship in Asian Art, presented by Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, University of Chicago.
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Date: 09/05/13 - 12/18/14
Time: 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Discover how the Walters comes alive at night! Every Thursday from 5-9 p.m., you can wander the galleries, see special exhibitions for FREE, eat in our café and find the perfect gift at the museum store.
Walk-In Tour: Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series
Time: 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
The celebrated African American artist Jacob Lawrence illustrated the biblical creation in his Genesis Series. This 1989 commission resulted in a set of eight silkscreened images in bold colors that move in an active, cinematic style, recalling the passionate sermons heard during the artist's youth. Explore these striking works of art, on loan from a private collection, during this free, docent-led tour, starting in the Centre Street lobby.
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Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
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