SCHOLAR DISCUSSES BUDDHA
WESTMINSTER - K. T. M. Hegde, professor of ancient history and archaeology at the M. S. University of Baroda, India, will discuss the excavations of anancient devotional structure in Western India at 7:30 p.m. Monday inMcDaniel Lounge on the Western Maryland College campus.
The event, free and open to the public, will feature a question-and-answer period and several illustrations.
Professor Hegde, co-author of "The Prehistory and Palaeogeography ofthe Great Indian Desert," will discuss an archaeological excavation of the Devnimori Stupa, a sacred structure where part of the remains of the Buddha were said to be enshrined.
Gregory Alles, assistant professor of religious studies at WMC and an expert on religions of South Asia, said that after the Buddha was cremated his remains were distributed among various rulers. To house the remains, these rulers built earthen mounds, or stupas, across the country.
Over time, the stupas became architecturally elaborated and were the sites of Buddhist devotional practices. The Devnimori Stupa, recently excavated by Hegde's team, was in danger of destruction due to a nearby hydroelectric dam.
Hegde has held a professorial appointment in environmental archaeology since 1977. He is a member of the Expert Committee for advising the Archaeological Survey of India on the scientific conservationof monuments.
His primary interests concern the development of science and technology in ancient India. This year, he is associated with the University Museum at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
His lecture is sponsored by the Honors program, the Cross-Cultural Studies program, and the Department of Chemistry.
JULIAN BOND TO SPEAK
WESTMINSTER -- A variety of perspectives on the history of the civil rights movement in the United States will be the topic of a lecture by Julian Bond, former Georgia state senator, 1968 Democratic vice presidential nominee, and a nationally recognized leader of the drive for equality for more than 20 years,at 8 p.m. (not 7:30, as originally announced) Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The event, part of Western Maryland College's Black History Celebration 1991, is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited in McDaniel Lounge, so attendees are advised to come early.