The College Connection
About This Show
New England Public Radio (NEPR) records lectures and panel talks from colleges and universities from Western New England, particularly from the Five Colleges in Western Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire College. This forum provides an opportunity for listeners to engage with researchers, intellectuals, poets and authors active within our academic communities.
Most Recent Episode
Debating Gender and Body in the Epic Mahabharata
Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad is professor of comparative religion and philosophy at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. In this talk, Ram-Prasad examines an excerpt from the Mahabharata, a Sanskrit epic poem. In the poem, a female who has renounced the world in order to attain spiritual enlightenment challenges a king, who argues that real spiritual enlightenment is achieved only while still engaged in the normal duties of life. But, Ram-Prasad said this argument is as much about gender as