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Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition

Guest Speaker: 

Dr. Tracy Pintchman, Director of the International Studies Program and Professor of Religion in South Asia at Loyola University Chicago, will speak on the topic, Women’s Rituals in the Hindu Tradition.  News headlines are full of bad news about the lives of women in India, which is majority Hindu.  Recent media stories have focused on, for example, bride burnings, rape, and child marriage.  But what goes on beyond the headlines? In what ways might Hinduism provide empowering or inspiring roles and rituals for women?  In this talk, Dr. Pintchman will discuss the kinds of ritual opportunities available to Hindu women in both ascetic and domestic spheres.


Dr. Pintchman received her B.A. from Cornell University in Film Studies (Magna Cum Laude), her M.A. from Boston University in Religious Studies, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Religious Studies with an emphasis on South Asian religions.  She teaches a variety of courses at Loyola which include Introduction to Hinduism, Hindu Goddess Traditions, Women and Religion, and Global Feminism.  Dr. Pintchman has a working knowledge of Sanskrit, Hindi, and Greek.  She has published numerous monographs, book chapters, articles, conference papers, lectures, essays and book reviews.   She recently accepted a contract from Oxford University Press for her next book, Goddess beyond Boundaries.  She lives in Wilmette.