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2-19-2002

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Who has been the greatest influence in your scholarship?

Dr. Tracy Pintchman discusses what individuals and groups have influenced her work and explains that the list is long. Scholars of religion in Asia especially Dr. Jonathan Z. Smith and Dr. Ninian Smart have inspired her work. She also says that different schools of thought such as postmodernism have shaped many of her questions. Dr. Pintchman adds that she discovered the world of Asian religions in graduate school when she was assigned to be a teaching assistant in an Asian religion class.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Tracy Pintchman received a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she specialized in the study of Hinduism, with a focus on gender issues, Goddess traditions, and Hindu women's rituals. Dr. Pintchman is a Professor and Director of International Studies Program at Loyola University, Chicago. She has also taught at Northwestern University and Harvard University. Her publications include: Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition and The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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