Pankaj Jain, Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora (Routledge, 2019) provides a concise history of Hindus and Jains in the Americas over the last two centuries, highlighting contributions to the economic and intellectual growth of the US in particular. Pankaj Jain pays special attention to contributions of the Hindu and Jain diasporas in the area of medicine and music. Listen in to learn about these contributions, along with ongoing challenges faced by these ethnic and religious groups face today.For photos related to the book, see this Facebook page.For information on your host Raj Balkaran’s background, see rajbalkaran.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Pankaj Jain, Associate Professor in UNT's Department of Philosophy & Religion. They discuss Dr. Jain's interest in connecting ancient practices with contemporary issues, and how he is exploring the connections between religious traditions and sustainability in the US and in India. They also discuss his recent trip to Nepal, where he recorded an episode of National Geographic Channel's "The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman. The episode will air on April 9, 2019.
To learn more about "The Story of God," visit https://www.nationalgeographic.com/tv/the-story-of-god-with-morgan-freeman/.
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Meru Media Interview Series
Interview with Professor Jain
Guest: Professor Pankaj Jain
Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of North Texas
Co-Founder of American Academy of Indic Studies
Editor of Encyclopedia of Hinduism
Author of Dharma and Ecology (you can get the book here: https://amzn.to/2NIfp4U )
Host: Mukunda V. Raghavan
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