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March 2nd, 2017

  • Image preview 3:30pm: “’By the Sweetness of the Tongue’: Stories, Lives, and Hindu Holy Women in India” by Antoinette E. DeNapoli (University of Wyoming)
    This presentation calls attention to the uncommon religious lives and worlds of Hindu holy women (sadhus) in India. As sadhus, these women practice an unconventional religious way of life known as renunciation. Sadhus in India are overwhelmingly men, and the elite religious institution in which they participate has traditionally excluded women from its ranks and leadership roles. How do female sadhus create their religious authority and earn the respect, trust, and devotion of their communities and, more generally, the society? How do their practices spotlight a female tradition of renunciation that offers an alternative to the dominant male traditions of renunciation practiced in India? In this presentation, Dr. DeNapoli presents the oral life histories of the female sadhus with whom she has worked over the last fifteen years in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. Through an exploration of the sadhus’ personal narratives, DeNapoli brings to light the cultural-religious categories, idioms, and mythic models through which female sadhus make sense of their worlds and their renunciation. Drawing on the metaphor of “singing to God,” which the sadhus foreground in their stories, DeNapoli shows that what it means to be a female sadhu in India involves performing the kind of radical devotion exemplified by the extraordinary lives of legendary female devotees.

March 5th, 2017

  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm: Forces of Nature
    Friends of Rain, Lewis & Clark College’s Faculty New Music Ensemble, presents a program titled “Forces of Nature” featuring music which explores the beauty and power of nature.  The program includes works by  Emily Doolittle, Stacey Philipps, Christina Rusnak, and Lewis & Clark College Composers Renée Favand-See and Texu Kim.

March 6th, 2017

  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm: Bruce Neswick Faculty Recital
    Adjunct Instructor of Organ Bruce Neswick, Canon for Music at Trinity Cathedral, downtown Portland, will play a faculty recital on the renowned Casavant organ in Agnes Flanagan Chapel, on Monday, 6 March 2017, at 7:30pm. He will play music by Bach, Franck, Howells and fellow adjunct professor Texu Kim, among others. All are welcome, and admission is free of charge.



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