Student Photos
Student Photos
Student Photos
Student Photos

Fall 2015 Soli Sorabjee Lecture

The Political Theology of Modern Yoga

Featuring Christian Lee Novetzke, Professor of Comparative Religion, South Asia Studies, and International Studies at the University of Washington

Thursday, November 12
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Presentation Room
Shapiro Admissions Center

In his talk, Professor Christian Lee Novetzke will discuss yoga as a political ideology and, in particular, as counterpoint to the current resurgence of debates about “political theology,” the secularization of formerly religious concepts. As yoga moves ever closer to the center of American life, he will seek to understand how this growth may influence far more than our physical or mental health, but might alter our shared political life as well.


The South Asian Studies Program offers a minor (open to students in any major) for those who wish to structure their studies of South Asia or the South Asian Diaspora. The minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the literatures, histories, societies, cultures, religions, arts and contemporary importance of South Asia and diasporic South Asian communities.

South Asia, one of the world’s most populous and significant regions, includes the modern nations of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and in certain contexts Afghanistan, Maldives, Myanmar and Tibet. Students completing the minor will come away with a strong understanding of the intellectual, cultural, political, economic and social developments at key periods in South Asia’s history and in the contemporary era.