Thursday, March 21 from 11:30 – 12:30
Fenn Tower, Room 303
The Jesuit Encounter with Hinduism
Many Lights, Some Darkness
Francis X. Clooney, S.J., is Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, Harvard Divinity School. He earned his doctorate in South Asian languages and civilizations from the University of Chicago in 1984. His primary areas of Indological scholarship are theological commentarial writings in the Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of Hindu India. He is also a leading figure globally in the developing field of comparative theology. Clooney is the author of numerous articles and books, He is currently completing Slow Learning in Fast Times: On Reading Six Hindu and Christian Classics and How It Matters, based on the 2017 James W. Richard Lectures at the University of Virginia, and writing shorter essays on the Manual of Daily Worship (Nityam) by the Hindu theologian Ramanuja, and on Constantine Beschi, S.J., a Jesuit missionary in South India in the eighteenth century.