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International Conference on Swami Vivekananda at USC in October


On October 18-20th 2013, USC will be hosting an international conference about the life and legacy of the major Hindu figure, Swami Vivekananda, to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth. 

Swami Vivekananda is known for diverse contributions that profoundly shaped the perspective of intellectuals in India, Britain, and the United States. Vivekananda’s insights were rooted in deep critique of injustices whether arising from tradition or colonialism. His transreligious perspective; emphasis on service as praxis, women’s empowerment, and advocacy for economic and political liberty in the face of colonial power, were pioneering ideas for their time and were often criticized by those who sought to maintain the status quo.

Vivekananda’s philosophy of active world engagement as lived spiritual practice was derided as inappropriate for those who embraced a deeply religious life; but it is now considered vital by religious leaders across nations to address the interrelated concerns that face humanity. His legacy is claimed by both pluralists and nationalists, but many of the causes and ideals that he championed are yet to be fulfilled in India or abroad. The USC School of Religion’s International Conference on Swami Vivekananda will examine his complex legacy.

For more details and to register see the conference website: