The University of Iowa

CLAS Alumni Fellow speaks Sept. 11 on gender models of classical South Asia

September 4th, 2009

University of Iowa alumna Martha Selby, associate professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, will discuss “The Color of Gender: On Substance, Sex Determination, and Anatomical Difference in the Caraka and Sushruta-samhitas” at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 in Room 315, Phillips Hall.

Selby earned a bachelor’s degree in Asian Languages and Literature from the UI in 1982, and then completed her doctorate at the University of Chicago. A distinguished scholar and translator of Tamil, Prakrit and Sanskrit, she is the author of “Grow Long, Blessed Night,” an anthology of erotic poems from classical India. The recipient of Radcliffe, Guggenheim, and NEH fellowships, she is currently writing a book on the gynecological and obstetric theories of Ayurveda, informed by feminist cultural history.

She is visiting campus as a 2009 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow. The Alumni Fellows Program, established by Dean Linda Maxson in 1999, recognizes CLAS graduates for outstanding contributions to society, their professions, the college and the university. The event is co-sponsored by the UI South Asian Studies Program and International Programs. For information, visit