Monday, February 22, 2016

Dr. Diana Eck to Discuss Religious Pluralism

Dr. Diana Eck will discuss “Critical for a Common Future: Religious Pluralism in Today’s World,” on Monday, Feb. 29 at Bridgewater State University. Her talk, sponsored by Global Religious Studies at BSU, will be presented at 12:30 p.m. in the Dana Mohler-Faria Center for Science & Mathematics, Room 120.

Dr. Eck is professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and is a member of the faculty of divinity at Harvard University. Her academic work has a dual focus – India and America – and in both cases she is interested in the challenges of religious pluralism in a multi-religious society.

Since 1991, she has headed the Pluralism Project, which explores the religious dimensions of America’s new immigration; the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian communities in the U.S.; and new issues of religious pluralism and American civil society. Her book, A New Religious American: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation, was published in 2001.

In 2005-06, she served as president of the American Academy of Religion and in 2009, she delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, a series of six lectures titled “The Age of Pluralism.”

She received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1996, the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award in 2003, and the Melcher Lifetime Achievement Award from the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2003.

Dr. Eck’s keynote lecture and campus conversation is open to the public.

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