June 21, 2010


Found in translation

Laurie Patton, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Early Indian Religions and director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, does some unusual multitasking. Over the last two years, she’s released a fresh translation of the sacred Hindu text, “The Bhagavad Gita”  for Penguin Classics, and edited a new collection of essays, “Notes from a Mandala: Essays in the Indian History of Religions in Honor of Wendy Doniger.” Patton – and the authors of each essay – are all former students of Doniger, an esteemed religion scholar.

In conversation with Emory Report, Patton discusses the challenges of interpreting the Gita, one of the most important Hindu texts,  and explains how “Notes from a Mandala” came about.

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>> Listen to Laurie Patton discuss her translation of “The Bhagavad Gita.”

>> Listen to Laurie Patton talk about scholar Wendy Doniger and the reasons for producing a book in her honor.

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