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Cultural Memory and Heirloom Seeds: The Foundation of Local Food Systems

Cultural Memory and Heirloom Seeds: The Foundation of Local Food Systems

Date: October 24, 2011
Creator: Veteto, James R.
Description: This presentation is part of the faculty lecture series UNT Speaks Out on the Food We Eat. This presentation discusses heirloom seeds and covers information about the Foundation of Local Food Systems.
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The Dharmic Method to Save the Planet

The Dharmic Method to Save the Planet

Date: May 12, 2011
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This article discusses environmentalism and ways in which dharmic methods can help save the planet. While most Americans are familiar with the terms such as "yoga" and "Bollywood," Indian perspectives toward the ecology seem to be largely unknown.
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Bollywood and Beyond: Hinduism Changing the World

Bollywood and Beyond: Hinduism Changing the World

Date: June 28, 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This article discusses Hinduism. The ideals of Hinduism, such as pluralism, dharma, ritam, and nonviolence hold important lessons for the future of Hinduism in particular and for humanity in general.
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Reinterpreting Yajña as Vedic Sacrifice

Reinterpreting Yajña as Vedic Sacrifice

Date: 2011
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This paper is about reinterpreting yajna as Vedic sacrifice. Vedic rituals, yajnas, were one of the most important socio-religious activities in Vedic India. In this article, the author endeavors to problematize the term "sacrifice," which is often used to translate the word yajna in Indological writings. Although Monier-Williams (MW) dictionary defines yajnas as - "worship, devotion, prayer, praise; act of worship or devotion, offering, oblation, sacrifice (the former meanings prevailing in Veda, the latter in post-Vedic literature)", some of the primary meanings of the word yajna seem to have been sidelined with the scholarly emphasis on "sacrifice" as the chief interpretation. Several Vedicists have already expressed their disapprovals with equating yajna with sacrifice.
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Renunciation and Non-Renunciation in Indian Films

Renunciation and Non-Renunciation in Indian Films

Date: 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This article reviews the renunciation and non-renunciation in Indian films. Renunciation is one of the most widely studied subjects among Indic traditions. The image of a half-naked ascetic with a stick in one hand and a begging bowl in other has captured the attention of scholars more often than the mundane householder. Whereas the ascetic captured the imagination with his (and sometimes her) individualistic spirit rebelling against the maligned caste hierarchy, the householder has been seen as a poor creature living a routine life according to the rules dictated by the caste (varna) and the stage in life (ashrama). The author reviews several films to analyze the portrayal of ascetics and householders, but cannot claim that the review is encyclopedic because there are so many films with variations on this theme. All of the films introduced here were made by Indian filmmakers except for two Hollywood films, the Householder (1963) and Siddhartha (1972), that were filmed in India with an Indian cast and story.
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Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Swadhyaya Practitioners

Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Swadhyaya Practitioners

Date: 2009
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This article discusses dharmic ecology.
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Indology and Marxist Hermeneutics

Indology and Marxist Hermeneutics

Date: 2009
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This article discusses Indology and Marxist Hermeneutics. Although Indian civilization has been one of the most extensively researched fields in the Western Humanities departments, it remains one of the most misinterpreted subjects. Scholars have applied various theories and methods to study this ancient field. However, often their analyses and interpretations fail to do justice to this complex tradition. In the name of "scientific objectivity", they have often applied their own subjective bias. In this paper, I endeavor to demonstrate how the theories of Marx have misinterpreted Indian culture.
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[Review] Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism

[Review] Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism

Date: 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This book review discusses 'Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism' by Emma Tomalin, a book about religion and ecology.
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[Review] Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition

[Review] Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition

Date: 2010
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Description: This book review discusses 'Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition' by Bhaskar Sarkar. The book examines the political truncation of India at the end of British colonial rule in 1947.
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Improving Student Success: Researching How Students Use Electronic Library Resources

Improving Student Success: Researching How Students Use Electronic Library Resources

Date: December 16, 2010
Creator: Henry, Lisa; Antonovic, Annette; Buete, Sherri; Deardorff, Philip; DoCarmo, Tania; Gutierrez, Paula et al.
Description: This paper presents a research study conducted at UNT. The UNT Libraries partnered with the Department of Anthropology at UNT to conduct ethnographic research of how UNT students use the electronic library services.
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