Lecture: Uttarakhand Pilgrimage: The End of An Era
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Thursday, October 3, 2013
at 7:30 PM
Regents Hall, 310
John Barbour


James Lochtefeld, Professor of Religion at Carthage College, presents Uttarakhand Pilgrimage: The End of An Era, a lecture on tourism and pilgrimage in India. Lochtefeld is the author of God's Gateway: Identity and Meaning in a Hindu Pilgrimage Place (Oxford U. Press, 2010).

Lochtefeld was in the Himalayas last June during destructive floods. He describes his presentation in this way: "Unregulated mass tourism is like shooting heroin--it has immediate effects, is highly addictive, and almost always ends badly. This talk will draw out the underlying social, economic, and human forces that contributed to last June's disastrous Himalayan flooding, and lay out possible avenues for change.

This lecture is sponsored by the Boldt Chair in the Humanities as part of a three-year focus on "Travel and Cultural Criticism."

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