James W. Richard Lectures

Winged Stallions and Wicked Mares: Horses in Indian Myth and History

Wendy Doniger's 1997 Richard Lectures, forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press


The publication of Winged Stallions and Wicked Mares will be released next month by the University of Virginia Press.
In anticipation of its publication, Wendy Doniger delivered the keynote address at the Lahore Literary Festival: 



Emilie Townes

Vanderbilt University

Date TBD

“Walking Across the Rim Bones—The Chore of our Scholarship”

The anthropologist and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston crafted the evocative image of walking across the rim bones of nothing in her powerful novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.  These lectures interact with this image to query where it might take us in the work we do as scholars of religion and activism in the academy and society.  The first lecture explores the terrain of the lectures.  The second lecture “queers” the notion of activism using blackness as one lens to do so.  The final lecture explores what is needed to sustain scholarship and activism as necessary tools to engage the issues of our day and fault lines of our disciplines.



Margaret Mitchell

University of Chicago

Date TBD