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Book Talk: White Utopias by Amanda Lucia

Join us for a virtual discussion with Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UCR Amandia Lucia about her latest work, White Utopias: The Religious Exoticism of Transformational Festivals! Lucia draws on eight years of ethnographic research to analyze the spiritual practices adopted in contemporary transformational festivals, like Bhakti Fest, Lightning in a Bottle, Wanderlust, and Burning Man, which form new institutions for those who identify as “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR) -- and argues that this fundamental impulse toward religious exoticism is one of the primary reasons why contemporary yogis and SBNR adherents in transformational festivals are predominantly white.

To join, please register on Eventbrite to add a donation (suggested $5 or pay what you can) or purchase a copy of Dr. Lucia's book (available to purchase online below, or call us to order by phone). 

Event date: 
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
5225 Canyon Crest Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507
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ISBN: 9780520376953
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Published: University of California Press - October 13th, 2020