Annual Colloquium - 2001
Revaluing the Family New Histories, New Visions
City University of New York Graduate Center and Baruch College
A professor of history at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Baruch College, and prolific author, Dr. Veena Talwar Oldenburg has written on colonialism, courtesan life, and on sati, the act or custom of Hindu widows willingly being cremated on the funeral pyres of their husbands as indications of their absolute devotion to their deceased husbands.
Dr. Oldenburg will address the problematic issues of the marriage dowry and dowry abuse in India and other South Asia regions. Titled "Dowry Murder?: Reinvestigating a Cultural Whodunit," Dr. Oldenburg's presentation situates thinking about the Hindu practices of dowry and dowry murder in terms of global feminist issues, particularly of violence against women.