Harvard scholar to deliver annual Wold Lecture on Religion and Conflict

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Acclaimed scholar Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, will deliver the annual Wold Lecture on Religion and Conflict on Tuesday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.


Eck’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled, “Islam and Islamaphobia in America.”

An internationally known scholar, Eck writes and speaks extensively on religious diversity and interreligious dialogue. She is master of Lowell House and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard, which documents the “contours of our multi-religious society, explore new forms of interfaith engagement, study the impact of religious diversity in civic life and contextualize these findings within a global framework.”

She is a member of the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches, where she serves as chairwoman.

Eck received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, her master’s from the University of London and her doctorate from Harvard.

The author of numerous books and articles, Eck’s latest work is India: A Sacred Geography, which offers “an extraordinary spiritual journey through the pilgrimage places of the world's most religiously vibrant culture and reveals that it is, in fact, through these sacred pilgrimages that India’s very sense of nation has emerged.”

To view her website, click here.