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Carol Delaney

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Carol Delaney received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago and is a graduate of Boston University. She was the assistant director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, and a visiting professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University. She is now a professor emerita at Stanford University and a research scholar at Brown University.  Delaney is the author of several books, including The Seed and the Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society, Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical MythNaturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Criticism, and Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology.

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Carol Delaney

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Carol Delaney received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago and is a graduate of Boston University. She was the assistant director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, and a visiting professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University. She is now a professor emerita at Stanford University and a research scholar at Brown University.  Delaney is the author of several books, including The Seed and the Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society, Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical MythNaturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Criticism, and Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology.

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Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem

Carol Delaney depicts Christopher Columbus to have been neither a greedy imperialist nor a quixotic adventurer, as often seen in the prism of present-day perspectives, but as a man driven by an abiding religious passion.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. follow your heart

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. That would be a horrible fate but I make a pretty good pasta sauce

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not being as kind as I should have to my mother.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Besides airplanes [though I fly a fair amount], I guess it is not being able to do some things I still want to do, not to be around to see what my daughter and grandsons do with their lives.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I would be right where I am now -- or, possibly Turkey where I did anthropological fieldwork and where I have many friends. Besides the food is fantastic, the country beautiful and the people friendly.

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