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AU liberal arts/sciences dean to discuss U.S. Hindu communities, temples

Mary McGee, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Alfred University, will present “The Changing American Religious Landscape: Hindu Communities and Temples in the United States” on Thursday, Nov. 11, during AU’s Bergren Forum, 12:10 p.m., in Powell Campus Center’s Nevins Theatre.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.
McGee will talk about Hindu communities and temples in the United States with particular reference to New York State.

McGee earned a master of arts degree and a Th.D. in history of religions from Harvard University. She was previously associate dean of the faculty and dean of students at Columbia University School of General Studies. She joined Alfred University in 2008.

Her teaching and publications in religious studies focus on issues relevant to gender, ethics, and ritual. Among her ongoing research projects is a study of Hindu temple architecture in the United States, with a particular focus on temples in New York State.

McGee received two Fulbright awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her scholarship has also been recognized by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation, and the International Federation of University Women.

McGee is on the editorial board of the journal Religion and has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Academy of Religion, having chaired its Committee on International Connections for six years.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.