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Posted: Thursday Apr 5, 2012

April 5, 2012

Dr. Andrew J. Nicholson, center, professor of Asian and Asian-American Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was the featured speaker at the Saint Vincent College Teacher Enhancement Mentoring Program (TEMP) workshop for faculty on April 4. His topic was “Religion and Mission in Higher Education: Perspectives from the United States and India.” Welcoming Dr. Nicholson were Fr. Thomas Hart, O.S.B., left, assistant to the president for mission and instructor in theology, and Dr. Kristin R. Harty, right, associate professor of education and director of elementary education. A former member of the Saint Vincent College faculty, Dr. Nicholson joined the SUNY-Stony Brook faculty in 2006. He holds degrees in religious studies (M.A., University of Chicago), philosophy (M.A., DePaul University), and South Asian languages and civilizations (Ph.D., University of Chicago). He has also studied Sanskrit, Hindi, Indian philosophy and yoga with teachers in India. He has been the recipient of Fulbright-Hays, Robert Bosch Stiftung and University of Chicago Committee on Southern Asia Studies fellowships. He is currently co-director of the American Academy of Religion's Yoga in Theory and Practice Consultation, an associate of the Columbia University Seminar on South Asia and a trustee of the American Institute of Indian Studies. Dr. Nicholson's primary area of research is Indian philosophy and intellectual history, most recently focusing on medieval Vedanta philosophy and its influence on ideas about Hinduism in modern Europe and India. His first book, "Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History" was published in 2010 by Columbia University Press as part of the new South Asia Across the Disciplines book series.


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