Conference Invitation

Hinduism Here
A Dialogue Conference on May 3, 2003

April 3, 2003

Dear friend,

I am writing to invite you to attend a half-day conference to be held on the campus of Barnard College, Columbia University, on Saturday, May 3, 2003. Our goal on that day is to present work that has been pursued by students in an undergraduate/graduate seminar called “Hinduism Here,” and to invite response from members of the communities whom we have been studying. We would be delighted if you could attend and contribute to our dialogue.

We hope to have representation from all the groups with whom we have interacted—with your help!—in the course of the current spring term. These are:


America Sevashram Sangha

Arsha Vidya Gurukulam

Divya Dham

The Infinity Foundation

Jivamukti Yoga

Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha

Vaishnav Temple of New York.


Basic information about the conference is as follows:

The Ella Weed Room
2nd floor, Milbank Hall, Barnard College
Please enter the campus at the gate on Broadway at 117th Street and follow the signs north toward Milbank Hall.

1:00-1:30       Lunch
1:30-2:00       Welcome and introductions
2:00-5:30       Group presentations and response, with a break for coffee and tea at 4:00

Take the #1 or #9 train to 116th Street. The stop is on Broadway.
Take the #104 or #60 bus to Broadway and 116th.
Take the #5 bus to the corner of 116th St. and Riverside Drive; then walk up the hill on 116th to Broadway and turn left.

If you drive, parking is available in metered spaces on Broadway or in the garage of the Riverside Church, on 120th St. between Riverside Dr. and Claremont, west of Broadway.

Please let your contact person in the seminar know if you are planning to attend. Also, please inform Tynisha Rue in the Barnard Religion Department, at 212/854-2597, or, by Friday, April 25.

I speak for the entire seminar in saying that we will be delighted if you can come. We look forward greatly to talking with you about our work—and especially listening to your reactions. We know we stand to learn a great deal. Last but not least, we thank you sincerely for the help you have extended to us already, along the way.


Sincerely yours,

John Stratton (a.k.a. Jack) Hawley

Ann Whitney Olin Professor and Chair