If you find yourself on the second floor of Wilkinson Hall, walk down to Room 228. There are saints and goddesses there.

The goddess figurines and portraits of the striking Hindu saint Mirabai are all part of the collection of artifacts and mementoes belonging to Nancy Martin, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, an expert on world religions with a focus on Hinduism.

They catch the eye first and reflect Martin’s scholarly research, which has led to numerous publications, a guest lecture at the Library of Congress and a documentary examining religious harmony and violence in India.

But look again.

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