Skip to content

SAC presents: Drew Thomases

341 Eggers Hall

Add to: Outlook, ICal, Google Calendar

Drew ThomasesPhD Candidate, Department of Religion, Columbia University

Filth, Flowers, and Trash, Oh My! Cleaning for the Sacred in Pushkar, India

Based on ethnographic work in the pilgrimage and tourist town of Pushkar, India, this paper looks to the environmental degradation that has befallen the holy lake there, and explores efforts on the part of local Hindus to clean it. Thinking alongside the work of Catherine Bell, Thomases aims to show how environmentalism becomes ritualized, and in turn renders a place sacred.

Open to the Public

Sponsored by the South Asia Center at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Open to




Contact to request accommodations

Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.