The Department of Religious Studies is happy to host John Stratton Hawley of Columbia University for the 34th Annual Witherspoon Lecture event. The title of the talk will be "Paradise Lost? Krishna's Forest Playground Confronts the 21st Century".
John Stratton Hawley-informally, Jack-is Claire Tow Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University. His most recent books on India's bhakti traditions are A storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement (Harvard, 2015), Sur's Ocean (with Kenneth Bryant, Harvard, 2015), and poem-by-poem commentary called Into Sur's Ocean (Harvard Oriental Series, 2016). A Storm of Songs received the Coomaraswamy Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 2017. Jack has received multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2016-17 he was in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, working on a project called "The New Vrindavan," which forms the basis for his 2018 Witherspoon Lecture.