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Article in Hindu Press International

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Tue Feb 06 2001 - 05:16:34 PST

Dear BhakthAs and Professor Vasudha Narayanan :

I have attached  a note from Sriman Mohan Sagar.
It is a day of great joy for us to know that 
Dr.Vasudha Narayanan of our group has been honored 
to assume the responsibilities of the high office of 
the President of the U.S.Academy of Religion .

Dr.Vasudha Narayanan's distingished contributions to 
comparitive religion in general and Sri Vaishnavam 
in particular though her scholarly monographs have been 
very well recognized through election to this office.
My personal and hearty congratulations as she enters 
in to this high office .

Ramanuja Daasan ,
V.Sadagopan 
  
>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
>achievement.
>
>Ramanuja Dasan
>Mohan
>--------
>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 92-year 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 boundaries" and "people have an 
>inborn need to connect to religion," because it forms
>the base of their values.


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