Wendy Doniger - "The Donigers of Great Neck" - Lorraine Daston

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Wendy Doniger

Wendy Doniger discusses The Donigers of Great Neck: A Mythologized Memoir. She will be joined in conversation by Lorraine Daston. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op


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About the book: “Many memories, many myths”—this is how Wendy Doniger begins the story of her parents’ origins in Europe and sharply bifurcated life in America. Recalling their contrasting attitudes toward Judaism and religion in general—and acknowledging the mythologized narratives that keep bubbling up in those recollections—Doniger tells the story of their childhoods, their unusual marriage, their life in the post–World War II Jewish enclave of Great Neck, New York, and her own complex relationship with each of them.


About the author: Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. She is also in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Committee on Social Thought, and the College. Her research and teaching interests revolve around Hinduism and mythology. She has published over forty books, most recently, The Hindus: An Alternative History.


About the interlocutor: Lorraine Daston is director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and visiting professor in the Department of History and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.


Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637