Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf
Graduate Council Lectures
Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, Princeton University
March 18, 2003 Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley Campus
Distinguished anthropologist Gananath Obeyesekere investigates and compares rebirth beliefs in an array of cultures and religions, including North American Indian, Ancient Greek and Buddhism.
ABOUT GANANATH OBEYESEKERE A distinguished anthropologist and highly recognized scholar, Gananath Obeyesekere has made fundamental contributions in the fields of philosophy of religion, social theory, psychological anthropology, and Buddhism. He is currently engaged in fieldwork in remote regions of Sri Lanka studying the manner in which hunting groups influenced Buddhist practices. Much of his research has focused on psychoanalysis and anthropology, and the ways in which personal symbolism is related to religious experience. Obeyesekere has published numerous articles and reviews. His recent books include, Buddhism Transformed (1990), The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific (1993), and Imagining Karma: Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist and Greek Rebirth (2002). Obeyesekere is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Princeton University where he has taught since 1980, and has previously chaired his department. In 1955 he received his B.A. with first class honors from the University of Ceylon. He earned his M.A. from the University of Washington 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1964. Obeyesekere has received many prestigious honors and awards and has been elected a fellow of several societies, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and senior fellow of the Institute for Asian Studies.
November 28, 2008 - Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of award-winning books of philosophy, history, and poetry, including The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism and Anthropology; Doubt: A History; The Happiness Myth, and her book of poetry, Funny, which Publisher’s Weekly called one of the most original and entertaining books of the year.
This is one of my favorite guests on POI. I particularly enjoyed her views on art and poetry.
MYTHICAL THOUGHT AND SOCIAL LIFE
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale du Collège de France et de l’ École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
September 26, 1984
Claude Lévi-Strauss: is a French anthropologist who demonstrated how myths encode categories of native thought. The lecture centers itself around mythical thought and social life
ABOUT CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS Claude Lévi-Strauss was a French social anthropologist who became a leading scholar in the structural approach to social anthropology. He is famous for theorizing that if social scientists can understand man’s mental structures they can then build a study of man which is as scientific as the laws of gravity.
Graduate Council Lectures