Lecturer Will Speak at WSSU on Impact of Yoga on India on September 13

Dr. Christian Novetzke

Dr. Christian Lee Novetzke
August 31, 2012

Dr. Christian Lee Novetzke will lecture on “The Revolutions of Yoga: The Cosmic, Cultural and Political Power of Yoga in India” on September 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 228 of the Hall Patterson Building on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will explore the history and philosophy of yoga in classical India and its impact on the construction of Hindu temples.  Novetzke, who teaches and writes about religion, history and culture in South Asia, will also highlight how the central ideas and practices of yoga empowered Gandhian politics in the early 20th Century and its current renaissance in the modern West.

An associate professor of South Asia studies and comparative religion at The Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, Novetzke will be a visiting scholar at WSSU September 13-14 as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project on integrating India into the liberal arts curriculum.  In addition to his public lecture, Novetzke will also conduct a workshop for WSSU faculty on “Teaching the Religions of India.”

Before joining the University of Washington in 2007, Novetzke was assistant professor of media performance and cultural studies of South Asia at the University of Pennsylvania.  Novetzke received the “Most Inspirational Professor” award from the Pan-Hellenic Association in 2011.  He also has received several fellowships, including the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and the American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Fellowship. Novetzke is the author of Religion and Public Memory that won the American Academy of Religion’s award for “The Best First Book in the History of Religions.”

Novetzke earned his Ph.D. in religious studies from Columbia University, a master’s degree in religious studies from Harvard University and a B.A. degree from Macalester College. He also holds a certificate in Marathi language and culture from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth in Pune, India. 

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