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As COVID-19 ravages my communities here and many around the world, I find myself grateful for each day. Today I received news that I have something else for which to be grateful:


What follows is an incomplete list of thanks,Β for those who helped me along the journey.
I began studying India (at first, Hinduism and Sanskrit) at the age of 18 at the University of Chicago. My professors treated me--a young undergraduate--seriously. They encouraged my ideas, let me take classes with graduate students, and directed my research in important ways.
Thanks to all who had a hand in my graduate school applications and acceptance. They helped me figure out what to study for my PhD thesis, how to conduct research, and what the academic life could be. I was inspired by them then, and I'm inspired by them now.
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Recently, a #tenured #prof at a grp dinner made a #sexist joke. I didn't laugh.

He pointed at me & called me out on it.

"See, I knew SHE wouldn't get it."

I reported it to an #administrator & copied a 1st yr prof also present at dinner. She corroborated my story.

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Like me, she couldn't say anything during dinner as senior prof collaborated w/ our prog, which he reminded us several times. The administrator I spoke to was sympathetic & concerned, & assured us that senior prof is a well-known a**. We aren't the 1st to run afoul of him. 2/7
Hearing their responses validated my experience greatly.

The 3 of us discussed how junior prof & I would deal w/ future events. One way was to ask senior prof to clarify his "jokes."

Junior prof said this was likely to be the least destructive. Administrator agreed. 3/7
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