Philosophy & Religion professor Angela Rudert is delving deep into India’s epic masterpiece: The Mahabharata. It is 7 times longer than the Illiad and the Odyssey combined, and some call it the history of India, offering rich details and lessons of philosophy, leadership and more. You’ll get to interact with the Mahabharata in a modern way as well – such as immensely popular Indian TV serial, comic books, and films. Learn more from Professor Rudert below:
Describe your seminar in one sentence. “Over the course of the semester, we will slowly read the Mahabharata, one of two major epic poems of the Hindu tradition, and in our classroom we will engage in retelling many of the lively stories from this most entertaining and sublime literary masterpiece.”
Describe your classroom style in one sentence. “I love teaching through storytelling, and in conversation with students, which is consistent with the way this great epic has been transmitted for over 2000 years.”
What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? “I hope students take away an appreciation for the depth and complexity of this classical Hindu text and that they learn a great deal about Hindu religious traditions in the process.”
What is one piece of advice you would give to students? “Come with an open mind and a willingness to engage ideas coming from an ancient text with problems our world faces today.”
If you’re thinking about taking this course, you can check out the version you’ll be reading here.