This Community Luncheon Reception event is designed to have multiple purposes. The first purpose is to felicitate Professor Anantanand Rambachan, who has been a long standing academician, in the discipline of Religious Studies who is visiting the Bay Area. He will be delivering a short talk. The second purpose is to give you an update on the progress of activities on the DCF – GTU initiative. Dr. Rita Sherma who has joined the GTU as the Director of the Hindu Studies Program, will give you a progress report. The third purpose is to kick-off our fund raising campaign for 2015 and give you a preview of upcoming activities.
About Dr. Rambachan Dr.
Anantanand Rambachan is a Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College, Minnesota. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Academy for the Study of World Religions, University of Hamburg, Germany, sine 2013. He was born in Trinidad and is a 4th generation Hindu Trindadian. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He has served on the Theological Education Steering Committee of the American Academy of Religion. Among his many public roles, Professor Rambachan is an advisor to Harvard University's Pluralism project, a member of the International Advisory Council for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and President of the Board of Arigatou International, NY. Dr. Anantanand Rambachan also studied for three years at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, a Hindu Seminary of the Chinmaya Mission in Mumbai, under the guidance of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and remains his life long disciple. He has traveled and lectured widely in many countries including Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Mauritious, South Africa, Kenya, India, Trindad, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Spain, Canada and the United Kingdom. A series of 25 of his lectures was broadcast internationally by the BBC. Professor Rambachan also led the first White House Celebration of the Hindu Festival of Diwali in 2003. Professor Rambachan is the author of several books, numerous book chapters and journal articles. With his wide ranging travels, teaching and disseminating Hindu Dharma and Civilizational Values, and his upbrining in Trinidad which has preserved the Hindu heritage for many generations, amidst great adversity, Professor Rambachan will share his spiritual journey across the globe and his perspectives on the importance of preserving and passing forward the Hindu heritage.