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By Eric Sean Weld   Date: 4/10/09 Bookmark and Share

Upcoming Lecture to Honor Beloved Late Professor

On Monday, April 20, the religion department will host a lecture, “The Bhakti Movement: India’s National Religion in Text and Image,” by John Stratton Hawley in honor of the late Dennis Hudson’s recently published work The Body of God: An Emperor’s Palace for Krishna in Eighth-Century Kanchipuram.

The lecture, at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye 106, is free and open to the public.

Dennis Hudson, who had served on the Smith faculty for more than three decades, died in December 2006. Hudson was renowned as one of the foremost scholars in the nation of the religions of India.

Hawley, chair of the religion department at Barnard College and author of more than 15 books, was a close friend of Hudson’s. He will discuss the visual practices of devotion, both in terms of ritual acts and sacred architecture, and will use examples from Hudson’s book to illustrate his points. Hawley will also speak of the example that The Body of God has set for text-and-visual studies, and how this work has helped transform various academic fields.

A reception will follow Hawley’s lecture at 6 p.m. in Seelye 207.

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