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Reading the Mahabharata
September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Mahabharata, an ancient epic of India, depicts a moment of profound cultural crisis, as longstanding norms and ideals are called into question. Now more than ever the old Indian epic feels timely, since we too may stand on an epochal threshold. Approaching the epic from a literary and philosophical point of view, we will read carefully some of its most famous episodes, seeking to appreciate its intense poetic beauty, and to discuss the wisdom offered there. Questions to be considered include: What is a god? What is a human? What is a man? What is a woman? How ought humans relate to the gods? What is owed to one’s family? To one’s teacher? To one’s principles? What is human nobility? How can one discern and enact one’s own proper role in life? What is wisdom itself? How can these matters be expressed in poetry?
Place: Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture (Covid-willing, or online as necessary)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month, September 14, 2021 – December 14, 2021
Dates: Sep. 14; Oct. 12; Nov. 9; Dec. 14
Text: Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling; Satyamurti, translator; Norton, publisher; ISBN: 0393352498
Tuition: $200 for the Fall series ($150 for members; FREE for members who are full-time teachers)
Professors: Drs. Ali and McShane