Jackson Lecture Series brings expert on Indian religions to Maryville College Nov. 6

October 30, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

Dr. David Haberman, professor of religious studies at Indiana University, is scheduled to speak at Maryville College as part of the Fall 2003 Jackson Lecture Series.

Funded through an endowment established by Mrs. Mary Lib Jackson in honor of her husband, the Jackson Lecture Series is an annual event, hosted jointly by Maryville College and the University of Tennessee. The Jackson Lecture was designed to bring experts on East Asian culture, politics and religion to the East Tennessee region for a two-day lecture event to promote interest in international education.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, Haberman will be on the College campus to give a presentation entitled “Hinduism, Deep Environmentalism, and Gandhian Thought.” An expert on Indian religion, Haberman holds degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on the history of religion.

Haberman’s presentation will focus on the relationship between the Hindu religion and environmental preservation in modern India. The lecture will draw on a variety of disciplines, including religion, ecology, history and cultural studies.

“We hope our fall lecture this year will attract environmentalists in East Tennessee to learn about how Hindus think about their own rivers and mountains,” says Dr. Brian Pennington, assistant professor of religion at the College. “Many Hindus believe that their landscape is a divine gift – similar to what many East Tennesseans believe about their own mountains and rivers.”

The Maryville College lecture begins at 12:30 in Thaw Hall (Room 216) on the College campus. Admission is free.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.