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6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dr. Sushumna KannanxDr. Sushumna KannanDr. Sushumna Kannan has a PhD in Cultural Studies and works on topics in feminism and religion, postcolonial studies, and South Asian history, among others. She received the Bourse Mira fellowship by the French government in 2016 and 2017. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at San Diego State University. Her forthcoming book, Hinduism and Violence, is set to release in 2021.
This webinar is an interactive get-together open to teenagers, parents, and teachers. It aims to educate participants about instances of non-violence in the ancient text of the Mahabharata. Join the IGenPlus team in conversation with Dr. Sushumna Kannan, an academic writer and author of Hinduism and Violence, forthcoming, 2021.
The Mahabharata is variously interpreted as upholding violence and non-violence. So, is the text contradictory? Or is the reading flawed? How can one answer questions like this?
Such debates arise even when we talk about historical figures like Gandhi and Tilak. Who was right? Or could both be right in their own way? This webinar session will cover such ideas, and much more.
● Learning about stories of non-violence from an ancient Indian text
● Understanding the warrior code and justifications for war
● Deep diving into the “Krishna’s remarks on why Arjuna must fight”
● Approaching questions like “Is non-violence passivity?”
● Grasp how the Mahabharata speaks of non-violence
● Form arguments to counter claims of callous violence in the Mahabharata