Lakshmi Ramgopal is a writer, musician, and historian who divides her time between Northampton, MA and Chicago, IL. She received her PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago in 2016, and her writing covers the occult, ancient history, and South Asian experiences for publications like Jezebel, Chicago Reader, and Broadly. Lakshmi performs ambient electronic music under the moniker Lykanthea and released her 2014 debut Migration. The EP incorporates literary motifs, improvisation, and classical South Indian vocal traditions, garnering praise from Noisey, the Chicago Tribune, and more.

In addition to speaking and performance engagements at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Leipzig's Wave-Gotik Treffen, and Yale University, Lakshmi has been quoted in The Paris Review and was the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2014. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and is working on her first book and second album.

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UPcoming events

10.21 - musical performance: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
12.3 - panelist and performer: Sexing Sound Symposium (Goethe Institute), Sector 2337, Chicago, IL