Art Historian Richard J. Powell succeeds Srinivas Aravamudan as Dean of the Humanities

Durham, NC – Richard J. Powell, the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History, has been appointed dean of the humanities within Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, effective Aug. 1. He will serve as dean through June 2016.

Powell succeeds Srinivas Aravamudan, who is stepping down for health reasons and returning to the faculty. At this time, Aravamudan is not planning to go on medical leave and will continue his scholarship as a professor in the departments of English, Romance studies and literature.  Read more

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Spiritual Entrepreneurship Indian Style

As a literary critic, I also study mythmaking.  Human beings tell stories that have subtle (and sometimes blatant) ways of excluding and including others, shaping as well as tweaking minds.

In this blog I will discuss India’s inclusive spiritualism.  Myth or reality?  Myths can be reviled as “stereotypes,” “platitudes,” or “truisms” but they can also be celebrated as “ideals,” “essences,” and “cultural truths.”  Read before you decide. Continue reading

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