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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - Evening Program
The Other Rama: Matricide and Genocide in the Mythology of Parashurama
Brian Collins

Brian Collins, Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian Religion and Philosophy at Ohio University, will discuss the reception history of the myth cycle of Parashurama, or "Rama with the Axe," an incarnation of the Hindu high god Vishnu best known for decapitating his mother and killing twenty-one generations of warriors to avenge his father's death.

Brian Collins is department chair and associate professor of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University. His publications include The Head Beneath the Altar: Hindu Mythology and the Critique of Sacrifice (Michigan State University Press, 2014), The Other Rāma: Matricide and Genocide in the Mythology of Paraśurāma (Forthcoming from SUNY), and the co-edited volume Bollywood Horrors: Religion, Violence and Cinematic Fears in India (forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic).

Professor Collins's Athenaeum lecture is sponsored by the Kutten Lectureship in Religious Studies at CMC.

(Parents Dining Room)

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - Evening Program
Theatre in the Round: CHECK PLEASE
Under the Lights

Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother's bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn't get any worse—until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel? Based on a play by Jonathan Rand, CMC's Under the Lights will perform this one-act play in the round.

Directed by Brian Luna '20, the cast includes Diya Courty-Stephens '23 as Pearl & Louis, Sadie Fisher '20 as Melanie, Matthew Hines '22 -as Brandon & Mark, Max Jackman '23 as Tod, Hannah Lak SC '23 as Linda & Mimi, Drew Liptrot PC '22 as Guy, Nandini Mittal '22 as Mary & Sophie, and Alessia Zanobini '23 as Girl. The tech crew includes Amari Huang '23, Grace Soleil Lyde SC' 23.

This special production will be performed on two consecutive nights. Seating is limited to 90 people, in the round, around the stage.