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Article in Hindu Press International

From: Mohan Sagar (
Date: Mon Feb 05 2001 - 17:42:12 PST

Dear bhAgavathas,

I found the following blurb in the Hindu Press International
headlines, and wanted to share this good news with all of you.
We should all take pride in knowing that the first
non-Judaeo-Christian President of the U.S. Academy of Religion is
a well respected member of our own SriVaishnava Community.  My
congratulations to Smt. Dr. Vasudha Narayanan on this

Ramanuja Dasan
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, February 3, 2001: Vasudha Narayanan grew up in
conservative Chennai where religion, culture, tradition, history,
philosophy and temples formed the backdrop of her environment,
nurturing her
curiosity about Hinduism. Narayanan, 47, a professor of religion
at the
University of Florida at Gainesville and an author, was recently
chosen as the
President-elect of the American Academy of Religion. She is the
first non-Jewish or non-Christian to hold the office in its
history. With 9,000 members, the Atlanta-based organization is
the world's
largest association of academics who research or teach topics
related to
religion. Narayanan believes ''faith cuts across many social
and ''people have an inborn need to connect to religion,''
because it forms
the base of their values.

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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