Department of Religious Studies

Dr. J. Patrick Olivelle receives doctor of humane letters honorary degree from the University of Chicago

Fri, October 14, 2016
Dr. J. Patrick Olivelle receives doctor of humane letters honorary degree from the University of Chicago
Dr. Patrick Olivelle

Dr. J. Patrick Olivelle, the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, received a doctor of humane letters honorary degree at the University of Chicago’s 527th Convocation on June 11, 2016.

 

Dr. Olivelle served as the Chair of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas from 1994 to 2007, where he is a Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions. He was also active in the Religious Studies Program and was a major contributor to the design and formation of the Department of Religious Studies in 2007.

 

Prior to coming to the University of Texas, Dr. Olivelle taught in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Indiana, Bloomington from 1974 to 1991, serving as Department Chair from 1984 to 1990.

 

Dr. Olivelle’s scholarship on India and its ancient religious history, “has come to define the field of Indology as it is currently understood, transforming the scholarly world’s understanding of fundamental concepts in India and helping reorient contemporary perceptions of its past.”

 

Olivelle has won several prestigious fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. He was elected Vice President of the American Oriental Society in 2004 and President in 2005.

 

Congratulations Dr. Olivelle on the doctor of humane letters honorary degree from the University of Chicago!

 

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