Author Pankaj Jain participating in webinar, Hindu Teachings on the Environment, on May 19

Posted by Nora Weber, Senior Marketing Co-ordinator, Ashgate US

Pankaj Jain, author of the just published Ashgate book Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities  is participating in an upcoming webinar, Hindu Teachings on the Environment, hosted by GreenFaith—the interfaith environmental coalition of which Dr. Jain serves as Hindu and Jain scholar in residence.

This free webinar will be on May 19 from 7:00-8:00 pm ET. For more information and to register for this event, please visit

Dr. Jain is an Assistant Professor of Indian Religions and Ecology at the University of North Texas. He has taught Indian Films, Sanskrit, Hindi/Urdu languages and literatures at North Carolina State University, Rutgers, Kean University, Jersey City University and at the University of Iowa.

He has also 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 is an expert on the links between ancient Indic traditions of Hinduism and Jainism and the environment.  His writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, the Washington Post’s Forum On Faith, PRN (Progressive Radio Network), and more. 

Interested in connecting ancient practices with contemporary issues, Pankaj Jain is exploring the connections between religious traditions and sustainability in Hindu and Jain communities in the North Texas area. He serves as a research affiliate with Harvard University’s Pluralism Project and as scholar-in-residence with GreenFaith. He is also a Roving Professor at the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity at UNT.

In the webinar, Dr. Jain will describe key Hindu teachings on the environment, providing examples of how diverse Hindu communities have put these teachings into action.

Edit: The webinar has taken place, and is now available.

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