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Carol Delaney

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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I doubt there is such a thing.  Instead, I think a better goal is to be able to wake up in the morning and be content or pleased with what you have done with the hand you've been dealt and to keep going hopefully.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising a wonderful daughter [as a single parent after the first year of her life], climbing down and up the Grand Canyon on a six day backpack, and learning to downhill ski at age 60.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Obviously, I would like to meet Columbus and I would ask him how he felt and what he thought when he first sighted and then landed on San Salvador.  Later, I would like to ask him about how he felt about his life and his accomplishments and the way history has treated him.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Perseverance, good legs

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