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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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. follow your heart

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.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. A guide through the Grand Canyon - rafting or hiking

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, sense of the absurd, curiosity

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Almost every morning I meet a friend and we walk 3 miles picking up all the trash littered on the beautiful, Olmstead designed boulevard on which we live; in the winter - skiing.

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