How do you make foreign cultures more accessible to students without oversimplifying them? And how do you invite students from foreign backgrounds to investigate and connect with their own cultural roots? In her course Hindu Myth, Image, and Pilgrimmage, Professor Diana Eck engages both audiences in an exploration of Hindu gods, Indian religious geography, and the rich visual iconography of Hindu belief. In the lecture and interview presented here Professor Eck focuses on Shiva, Parvati, and their children, and on her own teaching philosophy and the concerns and decisions behind a successful lecture.
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