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Karthika Naïr in conversation with Wendy Doniger

December 11, 2019 @ 11:00 pm - December 12, 2019 @ 12:00 am


Join us for an night of poetry and conversation at the Seminary Co-op in Chicago.

About the author: Karthika Naïr has written several books, including the poetry collection Bearings and the children’s fable The Honey Hunter, illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. She was the principal scriptwriter of choreographer Akram Khan’s multiple-award-winning solo, DESH (2011). Khan’s adaptation of a chapter of Until the Lions won the 2016 Tanz Award for Outstanding Production. Another adaptation of the book, this time for opera, will premiere in March 2020 at the Opéra national du Rhin in France.

Naïr’s poetry has been widely published in anthologies and journals, including Granta, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Magazine, and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. She was a 2012 Sangam House Fellow, a 2013 Toji Foundation Fellow, and was awarded a Villa Marguerite Yourcenar Fellowship in 2015. Her latest book is the collaborative Over and Under Ground in Mumbai & Paris, a travelogue in verse, written with Mumbai-based poet Sampurna Chattarji, and illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet and Roshni Vyam.

About the interlocutor: Wendy Doniger has taught at Harvard, Oxford, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, the University of California at Berkeley, and, since 1978, at the University of Chicago. She is the author of over forty books, most recently Hinduism in the Norton Anthology of World ReligionsThe Ring of Truth: Tales of Sex and JewelryAgainst Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics, and The Donigers of Great Neck: A Mythologized Memoir. In progress are Horses in Indian Mythology and Letters from India, 1963-2018.


December 11, 2019 @ 11:00 pm
December 12, 2019 @ 12:00 am