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Dr. Rita Sherma will give the Plenary Address at this year's American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AARWR) Annual Conference hosted by the GTU. Dr. Sherma's talk is titled "'Love Never Fails': The Power of Nonviolence in a Time of Planetary Neglect & Negligence" and will touch upon the interconnected network of oppressions that lead to major crises we face as a planetary community, and bring in a wide and transcultural understanding of ahimsa (often inadequately translated as "non-violence") as a hermeneutical vehicle to navigate these waters.
REGISTER HERE for the AARWR conference to get the link and attend Dr. Sherma's keynote address.
Professor Rita D. Sherma holds a PhD in Theology & Ethics, and an MA in Women’s Studies in Religion from Claremont Graduate University. She is the Director of the Mira & Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies, Chair of the Theology & Ethics Department, Core Doctoral Faculty, and Co-Chair of the Sustainability 360 Initiative at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Sherma has published widely, with six books in print and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dharma Studies, the Associate Editor of Springer’s multi-volume Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, and on the Editorial Board of the AAR’s publication, Reading Religions. Her published books include Contemplative Studies and Hinduism: Meditation, Devotion, Prayer, & Worship (2020); Swami Vivekananda: His Life, Legacy, and Liberative Ethics (2020); Woman & Goddess in Hinduism: Reinterpretations & Reenvisionings, (2011), and Hermeneutics & Hindu Thought, (2008). A pioneer in the field of Critical Sustainability Studies, Professor Sherma serves on the Advisory Board of the Yale Forum on Religion & Ecology, and has recently produced a 35-chapter new co-edited volume, Sustainable Societies: Interreligious, Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Springer, 2021), as well as Ecology & Indian Philosophy (2022). She has contributed to numerous publications on Interreligious Studies including, most recently, to the Georgetown Companion to Interreligious Studies (forthcoming).
This event is online only