Caroline Walker Bynum, an author and expert in Christianity in Europe in the Middle Ages, will discuss "Goddesses, Saints and the Eucharist: What Does it Mean to Compare Religious Traditions?" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the dining room of Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business. Sponsored by the university's Department of Religious Studies, the event is free.

Drawing on her travels in India, Bynum's lecture will explore cross-cultural comparisons between Christianity and Hinduism. She'll consider processions of female holy figures including the Virgin Mary of Christianity, and goddesses of veneration, especially Durga Puja in India.

Bynum earned a doctoral degree at Harvard University. She has taught at Harvard, the University of Washington and Columbia University, where she became the first woman to hold the title of university professor.