Dr. Pankaj Jain will present ideas and examples from the history of Jainism and Hinduism that have helped maintain sustainability, specifically focusing on Gandhi, Bishnois, Swadhyayas, Ancient and Contemporary Sacred Groves, and Dr. Martin Luther King.
Dr. Pankaj Jain is the author of Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (May 2011), which won the 2012 DANAM Book Award and the 2011 Uberoi Book Award. An Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anthropology, andPhilosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas, he teaches courses on religions, cultures, ecologies, and films of India and Asia. Jain has published articles in journals such as Religious Studies Review, Worldviews, Religion Compass, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, and the Journal of Visual Anthropology. He has contributed to the Huffington Post, Washington Post’s forum On Faith, Times of India’s Speaking Tree, and Patheos. Dr. Jain received the Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Fellowship in 2012 and the Wenner-Gren Grant in 2014 and is the director of the Eco-Dharma and Bhumi-Seva Project working with the Hindu and Jain temples in North America for their “greening” efforts