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CURRICULUM  VITAE

HOPE K. FITZ

                                                            Spring 2014

CORRESPONDENCE:     Hope K. Fitz. Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Department of  Political Science.

Philosophy and Geography

Webb Hall #356

EasternConnecticutStateUniversity. 06226

 

                fitzh@easternct.edu

TELEPHONE:

(860) 465-4606 (Office)

(860) 963-7959  (Home)

 

EDUCATION:    
Ph.D. May 1981 ClaremontGraduateSchool, Asian & Comparative Philosophy
M.A. May 1978 ClaremontGraduateSchool, Philosophy
B.A. June 1972 CaliforniaStateUniversity,Los Angeles,  Philosophy

Doctoral Dissertation: Intuition as an Integral Process of the Mind

(a comparison of the views of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Martin Heidegger with regard to intuition)

MAIN TEACHING INTERESTS:

Asian and Comparative, i.e., Western/Non-western, Philosophy;

Gandhi Studies and Studies of Ahimsa (the ancient Indian notion, which embraces both non-harm and compassion to any living creature, that was developed by the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists and culminated in the thought of Mahatma Gandhi);

Critical Thinking and Complex Reasoning;

Comparative World Ethics Including  Ahimsa;

Peace and Human Rights Studies;

Political Philosophy as it pertains to Human Rights.

AREAS OF TEACHING SPECIALIZATION:

Comparative Philosophy, i.e., Western and Non-western:

South Asian Philosophy – Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist philosophy

Gandhi Studies and the Studies of ahimsa, i. e., Non-Harm and Compassion as developed by the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists which culminated in the thought of Mahatma Gandhi

Ethics – Western  – deontic, i.e., duty theory and aretaic, i.e., virtue theory; Comparative:  Plato; Aristotle;  Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, and Gandhi’s virtue theory. 

Critical Thinking and Complex Reasoning: Needed for Clear, Coherent, Consistent and Rigorous Thinking Which Makes Possible Problem Solving and Taking Initiative  

Metaphysics and Epistemology:

History of Modern Western Philosophy – esp. Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche

 

The Philosophy of Martin Heidegger

 

Existentialism and Phenomenology

 

Creativity (Described in my book on intuition)

AREAS OF COMPETENCE:

East Asian Philosophy – Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism

Logic – Formal- Traditional and Modem (Propositional), and Informal

Philosophy of Religion

Islam

Philosophy of Literature

 

 

EMPLOYMENT:

EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY:

1997 -Promoted to Professor of Philosophy

1991 -Awarded Tenure

1990 – Promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy

1988 -1990- Assistant Professor of Philosophy, full-time, tenure-track.

MOUNT SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE, LOS ANGELES:

1983 -   1987- Assistant Professor of Philosophy, full-time, four year term-contract, Mount Saint Mary’s college, Los Angeles.

1981-1983- Assistant Professor of Philosophy, part- time, Mount Saint Mary’s college, Los Angeles

 

 

MAJOR ACTIVITIES IN 2013 -2014

  1. Co-developed a Round Table for the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy,  Athens

Greece,   August, 2013. The theme of the Round Table was “A Comparison of   the Philosophies and Cultures of Ancient Greece and Ancient India.”

       2.              Based on the theme of the aforementioned Round Table, Springer Publishers has  

        sent the colleague, which whom I wrote the Round Table Theme, and me a

        contract to co-edit an anthology on the subject of the Round Table.     

  1.         I wrote the theme for the 10th  International Congress of the Society of Universal

                        Dialogue, ISUD, which will take place July 4-9, at the University of Craiova,

                        Craiova, Romania.  The theme is “Human Beings: Their Nature and Functions” 

                        This theme considers humans as a species whose privileged position is not longer

                         accepted by many thinkers. 

  1.         I wrote the proposal for a Major in Philosophy, which reflected my thought and the

        thought of my colleague, Professor William Newell.  We wanted a major which  

        focused on Comparative Philosophy and was grounded in Critical Thinking and

        Complex Reasoning.  It has been accepted by the Board of Regents and is

        now being considered by the University Curriculum Committee and the then

        the University Senate.

5.            I am completing a book, Ahimsa: a Way of Life; a Path to Peace.  I sent in the first

                chapter to the publisher,  and expect to send the edited other chapters to him in the

                next week or two.

                       

 

MAJOR ACTIVITIES IN 2012:

  1. Received a monetary award of about $1500.00  (The  award was in Euros.) for one of the two best papers delivered at the 9th International Society of Universal, ISUD, Dialogue Conference held in Olympia, Greece, June 22 – 27th, 2012. 
  2. Elected to the Board of ISUD.
  3. Requested to Edit a Journal on Ahimsa.  I agreed to do so upon completion of

my book Ahimsa: a Way of Life; a Path to Peace.

  1.  Requested to write a piece on “Teaching Jaininsm” which will become part of

a book on the subject.

 

 

 

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS  RECEIVED:

1.             2012 – Received an award of about $1500.00 for one of the two best papers delivered

                at the 9th International Society of Universal Dialogue, ISUD, held at Olympia, Greece,

                June 22 – 27th.

2.             2012- Received a grant from AAUP to attend the 9th International Congress of ISUD (the

                International Society of Universal Dialogue) at Olympia, Greece, June 22-27.

3.              2010 – Awarded a grant  from the AAUP  to attend  the 8th International Congress of ISUD (the

                International Society of Universal Dialogue) at Beijing University, China.  I could not attend as

                my husband had to have emergency surgery the day I was to depart for China.

4.            2009 – Awarded a grant from the AAUP to attend a conference, organized by the Society for Indian Philosophy & Religion and the Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness, Bethany College, West Virginia, USA,  December 2009, in Calcutta, India, I did not attend because of my husband’s hospitalization.

5.            2008 – Awarded a grant for $1500.00 from the Dean of Arts & Sciences to attend and present a paper at the International Society for Universal Dialogue, ISUD, Congress in Beijing, China, the University of Beijing, in July.  The Congress was postponed by the University of Beijing because of the fear of Swine Flu.  The Congress has been rescheduled for July 2 – 8, 2010.

6.             2008 – Awarded a grant from the AAUP for $1000.00 to attend the Congress in Beijing, China, described above.

7.            2008 – Received a grant from the University Hour to bring Professor Manoug  Manougian to Eastern to deliver a lecture/film “Man’s Inhumanity to Man,” about genocide ..A four hour film about genocide, which was written by Professor Manougian, was presented in 2002 on PBS.  It won two prestigious awards.

8.            2008 – I received a grant for $500.00 from the J. Eugene Smith Library to build the holdings on Jain literature.

9.            2008  –  As one of the three members of the Critical Thinking Group at Eastern, I  received a portion of the CSUS Assessment Committee for the Assessment of Learning for Educational Improvement Grant which was used to assess freshmen and seniors.

10.          2007 -  As one of the three members of the Critical Thinking Group of Eastern, I  received a portion of the grant  given to the group from the CSUS  Assessment Committee for the Assessment of Learning for Educational Improvement Grant Program. This was for the proposal “Thinking: Argument Mapping in the First Year Program,”

11.          2007 – Received a grant from the University Hour to bring Ashok Malhotra to Eastern  in March, 2008, to speak about his  Ninash Foundation which builds schools in India  for the former Harijans (untouchables).

12.          2006 – Invited to become a member of the North American Academic Council for Jain Studies.

13.          2006 – Scholarship to study Jainism in India for two months from June 1 – July 31,

14.          2006 – With the Dean’s help, received funding for two weeks in India, from July 31 to  August 16th when I gave eight lectures on Ahimsa: a Path to Peace  in three cities.

15.          2004 – Sabbatical Leave for the Fall Semester to work on the manuscript for my book, which is entitled, Ahimsa: a Path to Peace {Ahimsa basically means non-harm and compassion.) This book is to be the first of four volumes on Ahimsa: a Way of Life.

            16.      2002 – Received $15,000.00 from the President’s Office, the Vice-President’s Office, and the Dean’s Office for the Peace Conference organized and presented by the Peace & Human Rights Committee at Eastern. I am the Chairperson of the Committee. 2019.          

17.          2001 – A Faculty Development Grant to do research on my manuscript, Ahimsa: a

               Way of Life, A Path to Peace  in India.

18.          2000 – A Faculty Development Grant for the ECSU Human Rights Conference which was organized and presented by the Peace & Human Rights Committee..  I am the chairperson of the committee.

19.          1994 – Sabbatical Leave for the fall 1994 semester to work on the manuscript for my book, which is entitled, Intuition: Its Nature and Uses in Human Experience.

              20.           1994 – Three hours of reassignment time, for the Spring Semester, awarded to work on the fifth chapter of the manuscript for my book, which is entitled, Intuition: Its Nature and Uses in Human Experience. The fifth chapter has to do with the role of intuition in transcendence, or transcendent experiences, e.g., a spiritual experience.

             21.            1993 – A Connecticut State University Grant to travel to Ames Library University of Minnesota, and The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., to do further research on the last chapter of the manuscript for my book on intuition.

           22.           1991- Six hours reassignment time, for the Spring Semester, awarded to work on the fourth chapter of my book on intuition. The fourth chapter has to do with the role of intuition in creativity.

            23.             1990 -I was chosen to take part in an American Philosophical Association workshop, in Baltimore, Maryland, March 2-4. The workshop was devoted to the improvement of teaching introductory philosophy.

            24.             1990 – Faculty Summer Development Funds from Eastern Connecticut State University to travel to India in order to gather some materials for the fifth chapter of my book on intuition. As described in #14 above.

          25.        1986 – A Faculty Grant – from Mount St. Mary’s College to develop papers with a view to publication on “The Role of Intuition in Human Experience.”

               26.        1986- A National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a Summer
Institute to study Comparative Philosophy, Director, Professor David Kalupahana. The Institute was held at the University of Hawaii, and the East/West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, June-August.

         27.           1985 – A National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a Summer Seminar on          “The Great Chain of Being,” Director, the renowned theologian, Huston Smith, The seminar was held at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California, June-August

 

 

TEACHING AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

2012 –  Contacted by a representative of Madison Whose Who.  Asked if I wanted to be listed?  When I

                realized that they charged for the networking, I refused.

2007 – Elected to Whose Who of American Teachers.

1997 – Nominated for Outstanding Professor of the Year at Eastern Connecticut State University.

1993 – Informed by the Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Eastern Connecticut State University that the 1992 graduates of our University evaluated my work as a faculty member as “one of the most positive and worthwhile educational experiences” while attending Eastern Connecticut State University.

1991 -Informed by the Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Eastern Connecticut State University that the 1990 graduates of our University evaluated my work as a faculty member as “one of the most positive and worthwhile educational experiences” while attending Eastern Connecticut State University.

1991 – Nominated for Outstanding Professor of the Year at Eastern Connecticut State University.

1986 – Selected as Outstanding Teacher for the Month of September by students and colleagues, at Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles – Chalon Campus.

1985 – Nominated for Outstanding Professor of the Year at Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles – Doheny Campus.

PUBLISHED WORKS AND WORKS ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION:

ABSTRACTS:

2.   2012 -  An abstract for a paper, “Plato and Gandhi: Justice and Ahimsa, “delivered at the 9th International Society of Universal Dialogue , ISUD, in Olympia, Greece, was printed in the Proceedings for the Congress. 

3.   2009  -  An abstract  for a  paper delivered at  the Eighteenth International  Congress of  Vedanta , the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, July 16 -19 , “A Comparison of Confucius’ Notion of  Jen or Ren as Human-Heartedness or Inner –Humanity with Gandhi’s View of Ahimsa as Compassion.

4.   2009  -  An abstract of “A Comparison of Confucius’ Notion of Jen or Ren as Human-Heartedness or  Inner-Humanity  was   printed on the International Society of Universal Dialogue., ISUD , website along  with the  paper. .I was scheduled to give this  paper  at  the Eighth Congress of ISUD at Beijing University in July, 2009, but  Beijing University decided to postpone the conference  because of the swine flu.  The Congress  has been rescheduled for July, 2010.

5.   2008 –  The abstract of a paper  called “Ahimsa and Its Role in Overcoming the Ego From Ancient Indic Traditions to the Thought  and Practice of Mahatma Gandhi” was published along  with the paper in The ICFAI University Press, Vol. II., No 4., October 2008, Hyderabad, India.

6.   2007 –  An abstract of a paper which I delivered at Oxford University, during  a week long Round Table ,  entitled “The Role of Virtue in Developing  Trustworthiness in Public Officials.”  This  abstract and the paper were published in the Oxford Forum on line.

7.. 2008 – An abstract of the paper “Ahimsa: a Way of Life; a Path to Peace was published, along with a booklet containing  the paper , in the Gandhi Lecture Series, part of the University of  Massachusetts , Dartmouth, Indic Studies.

8.   2005 – An abstract of the paper “Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Will to Power as a Kind of Elan Vital, “  was published along with the paper by the international journal , “Dialogue and Universalism, Vol. XV. No. 5-6, Warsaw University Press.

9.   2005 –  An abstract of the paper “India’s Three Great Intellectual Contributions to the Contemporary Global Community” was published by the World Association of Vedic Studies, VAVES in India’s Contributions & Influences in the World,” a publication of  WAVES, edited by Professor Bhu Dev Sharma, the President of WAVES.

10. 2004 – An abstract of  the paper “Islam: Extreme Fundamentalism and the Problem of the ‘Other’ “ was published along with the paper by the Greek journal Skepsis,, vol. XV2004.

11. 2003 -  An abstract of the paper, “The Importance of Ahimsa in the Yoga Sutra, in Gandhi’s Thought  and Modern World” was published along with the paper in India’s Contributions & Influences in the World, a publication of WAVES, ed. by  Professor Bhu Dev Sharma, President of Waves.

12  2003- An abstract of a revised account of “Gandhi: ‘Boundaries of to Self’ as They Affect Nonviolence and Peace,” was published in the proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference of Vedanta, held at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, September 14-17 was published in the proceedings of the conference.

13.  2003 – An abstract of the paper, “Gandhi: *Boundaries of the Self as They Affect Nonviolence and Peace,” along with the paper, was published by the World Association of Vedic Studies  (WAVES).  This paper was delivered at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, July 28-30.

14    2003 – “Kant and Gandhi: ‘Boundaries of the Self ‘/Non-harm and Love/ Violence and Conflict,” an abstract of a paper presented to the colloquium, “Ethnicity in the First World ,Third World and Ex-Communist Countries,” held at Panjabi University, Patiala, India, January 6-8 was published along with the paper by Contemporary Views of Indian Civilization, a publication of WAVES, pp. 11-19.

15.    2001 -  “Non-harm and Love as Viewed by Immanuel Kant and Mahatma Gandhi,” an abstract of a paper presented at the Tenth International Congress of Vedanta, Port of Spain, Trinidad, March 10-14 was published along with the paper by The Journal of Religious Studies, Panjabi University, Panjabi, (Panjab), India.

16.     1995 – “Intuition and Revelation as They Relate to Transcendence,” an abstract of a paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Karl Jaspers Society of North America, which met in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, the Marriott Hotel, New York, December 27-30, was published in the proceedings of the meeting.

17.     1993 – “The Nature and Significance of Intuition in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra and in the Philosophical Writings of Radhakrishnan” an abstract of a paper published in the proceedings of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), in Los Angeles, CA, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, March 25-29. (a revised and expanded version of the above paper was delivered at the American Academy of Religion, New England Region Meeting, in Boston, April 23,1993.)

18.     1990 – An abstract of the paper, “The Importance of Overcoming the False Self in the Process of Self-Development” (a view of the self which the Vedanta [a Hindu] tradition can offer to the Western world), was published in the proceedings of the International Congress of Vedanta, Miami University, Ohio, April 2-5.

19.     1989 – An abstract of the article listed under the heading Articles (Please see #18 below), was published in the Philosopher’s Index – USA.

20.     1988 – “The Nature and Significance of Intuition” (A View Based on a Core Idea Held by Radhakrishnan), an abstract of a paper published in the proceedings of the Radhakrishnan Centennial Conference, held at Miami University, Ohio, April 1988, was published along with the paper in a book New Essays in the Thought of

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, ed. by Ramo Rao Pappu, India Books Center, Delhi, India, ISBN 81-7930461-X.

21.     1987 – An abstract of the paper “The Meaning of Purusottamain the Bhagavad Gita,” was published in the proceedings of the conference on South Asia, at the Annual Meting of the American Academy of Religion, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Marriott Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, November.

22.     1985- An abstract of a paper “How Intuition as a Means to Knowledge Makes Possible an Expanded Ontology” was published in the proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, LA, November. This paper was the result of working with the renowned theologian, Huston Smith, at the school of Berkeley on a summer NEH grant.

23.     1984- An abstract of a paper, “Intuition a Neglected Concept,”  was published in the proceedings of the International Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Hawaii, August.

 

 

 

ARTICLES:

 

1.            2013 – “  A Comparison of  Ancient Greek and Ancient Indian Philosophy by Comparative Philosophers  is Necessary for the Understanding of  the  Roots of Philosophical Thought” was published by the journal Dialogue and Universalism, Journal of the International Society for Universal Dialogue,  Vol. xxiii, No. 4/2013/

2.         2011 –“A Comparison of Confucius’ Notion of Ren as Human-Heartedness and Inner-Humanity With Gandhi’s View of Ahimsa as Compassion” was published in the E-journal, Dialogue & UniversalismE, volume II No. 1/2011.

3.         2010 – The article “The Role of Virtue in Developing Trustworthiness in Public Officials”, published by the Oxford Forum, 2007, has been reprinted for future publication by Carnegie Learning/Nelson Education (a subsidiary of Carnegie Nelson).

4.         2009 – “A Comparison of Confucius’ Notion of Ren as Human Heartedness and Inner Humanity With Gandhi’s View of Ahimsa as Compassion,” on line, ISUD, the International Society of Universal Dialogue, in July, www.ISUD.org

5.         2008 – “Ahimsa and Its Role in Overcoming the Ego From Ancient Indic Traditions to the Thought and Practice of Mahatma Gandhi” was published in The Icfai University Press, Vol. II., No. 4, October 2008, Hyderabad, India.  

6.        2007 – A paper which I delivered at the Oxford Round Table at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England, entitled, “The Role of Virtue in Developing Trustworthiness in Public Officials” has been published by the Oxford Round Table Forum (on line).

7.        2007 – “Ahimsa: A Way of Life, A Path to Peace,” was published in a booklet, the  Gandhi Lecture Series, as part of the UMass/ Dartmouth Center for Indic Studies, Dr. Bal Ram Singh, Director, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Fall 2007.

8.         2008 – “Comparative Philosophy: Theory and Praxis,” the Keynote Address that I gave at SUNY ONEONTA, in April, 2006,  at the National Student Research Conference was to have been published in a booklet containing my address, another address and the best student papers from the conference.  I signed a contract for the talk, but I never received a copy of the booklet.

9.         2006 – A paper which I wrote with Professor Christopher Vasillopulos called, “Conditions for Individual Freedom as Applied to the European Union, was published in Humanity at the Turning Point: Rethinking Nature, Culture and Freedom, Essays on Contemporary Philosophy, ed by Sonja Servomaa, Renvall Institute Publications 23, The Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland,

10.       2005 – “Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Will to Power as a Kind of Elan Vital and Creative Expression” was published in the journal Dialogue and Universalism, Vol. XV. No. 5-6, by Warsaw University Press. I received my copy in May 2006.

11.       2005 – “India’s Three Great Intellectual Contributions to the Contemporary Global Community” was published by the  World Association of Vedic Studies, WAVES in India’s Contributions & Influences in the World,” a publication of the World Association of Vedic Studies, WAVES, edited by Professor BhuDev Sharma, the President of  WAVES.

 12.      2004 – “Islam: Extreme Fundamentalism and the Problem of the “Other,” a paper which was            presented in Olympia, Greece, at the Congress of the International Society for World Dialogue, May 18-23, 2003, was published in the journal SKEPSIS, vol. XV2004.

13.       2003 -” The Importance of Ahimsa: in the Yoga Sutra, in Gandhi’s Thought and in the Modern World,” was published in India’s Contributions & Influences in the World,” a publication  of WAVES, ed. by BhuDev Sharma, President of WAVES.

14.                   2003 – “Gandhi: Boundaries of the Self as They Affect Nonviolence and Peace,” published in “Contemporary Views on Indian Civilization,” edited by BhuDev Sharma, pp. 11-19, a publication of World Association of Vedic Studies, WAVES.

15.                   2001 – “Non-harm and Love as Viewed by Immanuel Kant and Mohatma Gandhi,” published in The Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. XXXII, Nos. 1 & 2, Panjabi University, Patiala, India.

16.                   2000 – “The Integral Nature of the (Kant’s) Categorical Imperative,” written with a colleague, Dr. Margaret Jewett, published in The Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. XXXI, Nos., 1& 2, Panjabi University, Patiala, India.

17.                   1996 – “Gandhi’s Ethical/Religious Tradition” (A Mode of Thought and Practices Which Have Influenced Many Contemporary Thinkers) published in The Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. XXVTI, Spring-Autumn, Nos. 1 and 2, Panjabi University, Patiala (Punjab], India. This is a revised copy of a paper, which was delivered on a Panel entitled “Inventing Traditions,” in the program “Philosophy and Religion in the Asian Context,” at the American Philosophical Association, Central Division, St Louis, MO, May 5-7, 1994.

18.       1995 – “The Nature and Significance of Intuition in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, and in

the Philosophical Writings of Radhakrishnan,” published in The Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. XXVI, Spring-Autumn, Nos. 1 & 2, Punjabi University, Patiala (Punjab], India. This paper was first delivered at the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), in Los Angeles, CA, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, March 25-29, 1993. A revised and expanded version of the paper was delivered at the American Academy of Religion, New England Region Meeting, in Boston, April 23, 1993.

19.       1991 – “The Role of Self-Discipline in the Process of Self-Realization,” an article written with Dr. Bala Sunder Rai Bhallla, a Reader at Punjabi University, published in the Joumal of Religious Studies, Vol. XLX, Spring, No.l, Punjabi University, [Patiala] India.

20.       1990 -”The Mystical Experience From a Heideggerian Perspective,” an article published in The Journal of Religious Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala [Punjab], India, Volume XVTfl, Spring, 6.

21.       1989 – “The Nature and Significance of Intuition” (A View Based on a Core Idea Held By Radhakrishnan), an article published in The Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Vol. VI Number 3, May -August, New Delhi, India.

22.      1987 – “Intuition: Its Nature and Uses,” an article published in the Moksa Journal, U.S.A., Volume IV, Number I: November.

 

Papers Being Submitted for Publication:

2014 – I am about to submit the paper, “Plato and Gandhi: Justice and Ahimsa” which won a monetary award of about $1500.00 (Please see Grants and Awards) at the 9th ISUD Congress in Olympia, Greece, 2012.  I am submitting the paper to the Journal, Philosophy East and West, in Hawaii.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS AND EVALUATIONS:

2011- I was paid $150.00 to review a new book on Ethics for Oxford University Press.

2009 – Invited by Thomson/Wadsworth to submit and evaluation of the revised edition of Roots of Wisdom, which I use in my Perspectives course.  I was paid $50.00 for the review.

2001 – January – A book review of a work entitled, Philosophy from Socrates to Sartre was published in the Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. XXXII, Spring-Autumn, Panjabi University, Patiala, India.

1999 – Invited by Prentice Hall to submit an evaluation of the revised edition of John Koller’s book, The Indian Way.  I was paid $100.00 for the evaluation.

 

 

ARTICLES IN BOOKS:.

2009 – An article, “Ahimsa as the Way to End Mind Pollution,” in a book (an anthology) entitled, Mind Pollution, has been published in Delhi, India. However, as yet, I have not received a copy.

2006 – “Conditions for Individual Freedom as Applied to the European Union,” written with a colleague, Professor Christopher Vasillopulos, a Professor of Political Science, was published in a book entitled Humanity at the Turning Point: Rethinking Nature, Culture and Freedom, which is part of the Renvall Series of Publications at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

1995 – The article “The Nature and Significance of Intuition: A view Based on a Core Idea Held by S. Radhakrishnan, was published in the book, New Essays in the Philosophy of Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, ed. By S.S. Rama Rao Pappu, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Indian Books Centre, Delhi, India, 1995, ISBN 81-7030-46I-X.

BOOKS:

2001 – Intuition: Its Nature and Uses in Human Experience was published

in January 2001 by Motilal Banarsidass, which is a large publishing firm in India.  As of 2009, the book is in its third printing. I use this book in the

Asian Philosophies and Perspectives classes when I am dealing with

the subject of intuition.

BOOKS IN PROGRESS:

2001 – 2014 – For the past eleven years, I have been working on what I plan to be  two volumes all having to do with Ahimsa: A Way of Life (Basically, ahimsa, a Sanskrit term, means non-harm and compassion.)  At this time, I am about ready to submit the first volume to the publisher, Linus Publications, New York.*

 

In Preparation for the book:

1989 – 2012 – For the last 22 years, I have been doing research, writing articles,  and presenting  talks on ahimsa.  A few of the major talks and in depth research

                                    are:

2011- I gave the major talk at the “Gandhi Gala” held at the Voluntown Peace Trust, Voluntown, Ct. The presentation was entitled “Gandhi: a Man of Ahimsa.

2008- I organized and took part in an event, “Gandhi’s Legacy of

Ahimsa, sponsored by the Peace & Human Rights Committee at Eastern, Eastern’Arts and Lecture Series, The UConn Asian Studies Department, the Jain community and individual donors.

                                    2007- I gave a major address at the Gandhi Lecture Series of

                                    Indic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth on

Ahimsa: as a Way of Life and Gandhi’s use of Ahimsa.  The paper was published in a pamphlet which set the precedence for

                                    future articles on Gandhi.

                        2006 – I gave eight talks on ahimsa in three major cities in

India, Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad, and one at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

                                    2001 – In the summer, I spent several weeks at the Gandhi

Center at the Graduate School of Gandhi Studies, Panjab University, in Chandigarh, India, studying Gandhi’s thought about ahimsa.

1989 – I organized a panel, comprised of professors

of philosophy from our four CSU campuses, each of whom delivered papers on ahimsa at a conference at Dartmouth College.

 

* 2009 – I signed a contract with Linus Publishers for the first volume of Ahimsa: a Way of Life. This volume is called: Ahimsa: A Way of Life; A Path to Peace. Work on the book had to be postponed because of my husband’s serious illness and then death. At this point, I am editing the book and have sent part of it to my publisher. In the book, I give a brief summary of the origin and development of ahimsa which culminates in the thought of Mahatma Gandhi. The origins of ahimsa are found in the ancient Hindu Vedic literature.  The development of ahimsa took place in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, and it culminated in the thought of Mahatma Gandhi.  I reflect on the role of ahimsa in Gandhi’s life and then argue that ahimsa needs to be freed from its Indic moorings so that it can be taught to and practiced by people around the world, especially children. This practice is such that ahimsa would form part of one’s attitude and perspective. I see this teaching and practice of ahimsa as essential for peace in this world.

 

 

2014 – I have just sent in the contract to Springer Publications, for an anthology, which will be co-edited with a colleague from Greece.  The title of the book will be A Comparison of the Philosophy and Culture of Ancient Greece and Ancient India.

 

PAPERS  PRESENTED AT  PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS:

1.            2013 – August  – delivered a paper “A Comparison of  the Philosophy and Culture of Ancient Greece and Ancient India by Comparative Philosophers is  necessary for the Understanding of the Roots of Philosophical Thought,”, at a Round Table, the 23rd  World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, Greece.    

2.            2012 – June 22nd   - 27th    delivered a paper “Plato and Gandhi: Justice and Ahimsa”  at  the 9th  Congress

                of  the International Society of Universal Dialogue, at Olympia, Greece. ( An Examination

        and  Comparison of Plato’s and Gandhi’s most Fundamental Virtues)

3       2011 – October 7th – 12th,  I gave  the major address at a Jain conference and retreat in

Vermont for Jain scholars, administrators and benefactors,  in which I considered  the expansion of Jain studies in universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.  My address had to do with the necessity for Jain teachers to be skilled in critical thinking and complex reasoning.

4.             2009 – In the summer, I was scheduled to deliver a talk at the Eighth Congress of the International Society of Universal Dialogue, The University of Beijing, Beijing, China, in which I compared Confucius’ notion of Ren (or Jen) as inner-humanity and human-heartedness, with Gandhi’s view of ahimsa as compassion.  However, as noted above in the section Articles, #1, the Congress was postponed because of a fear of swine flu and has just been rescheduled for July, 2010.

5.         2009 – I delivered the foregoing talk at the Eighteenth International Vedanta Congress at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

6.             2007 – I presented a paper entitled “ The Role of Virtue in the Development of Trustworthiness in Public Officials” at the  six day Oxford Round Table at Oxford University, Oxford, England. The paper was published in the Oxford Round Table Forum.  (See above under published articles.)

 

7.             2006 – I presented eight talks in India on my book Ahimsa: a Path to Peace. The talks

 were organized and sponsored by N.P. Jain, one of the owners and publishers of

Motilal Banarsideas. They were given in Mumbai, New Delhi and Ahmadebad.  One

was given in the famous Gandhi Museum and Institute for Research in Delhi where Gandhi         was shot.

8.            2006 – On October 8, I presented a talk on my book Ahimsa: a Path to Peace at the Gandhi Lecture Series, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

9.            2006 – April 6 – 9, I presented one of two Key-Note addresses at the National Student Research Conference at  SUNY ONEONTA.  The address was entitled: “Comparative Philosophy: Theory and Praxis.”

10.          2005- October 12-15, I presented a paper entitled “Softening the ‘Boundaries of the Self as Necessary for Individual Well Being and Peace in the World” at Hindu University, Orlando, Florida, as part of the Sixteenth International Vedanta Congress.

11.          2005 -July 15-20, I presented a paper entitled “Conditions for Freedom of a Citizen as Applied to the European Union,” at the International Society of Universal Dialogue, Sixth International Meeting, Helsinki, Finland. The paper was co-authored with Professor Christopher Vasillopulos, a colleague at our university who teaches Political Science.

12.          2004 –  July 9-11,  I presented a paper at the World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES) in Washington, D. C. The paper entitled “India’s Three Great Intellectual Contributions to the Contemporary Global Community” has to do with the great contributions of India to world peace.

13.          2003 – On December 29, I delivered a paper entitled, “Ahimsa: A Vedic Source for a Peaceful World Order,” at the 7th India Conference of WAVES (World Association of Vedic Studies), the theme of which is “Contemporary World Order: A Vedic Perspective,” at The University of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India.

14.          2003 – Presented a paper “Islam: Extreme Fundamentalism and the Problem of the ‘Other,” at the International Society for Universal Dialogue Fifth World Congress, held in Ancient Olympia, Greece, May 18-23,2003.

15.       2003 – In January, I presented a paper, “India’s Three Great Jewels: Overcoming the Ego; Ahimsa, and Meditation,” at the University of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India.

16.          2002 – A major guest speaker at the International Conference of the World Association

of Vedic Studies, the theme of which was “India’s Contributions and Influences in the World” I presented a paper entitled The Importance of Ahimsa in the Yoga Sutra, in Gandhi’s Thought, and in the Modem World.” The conference was held at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Ma, July 9 -12.

17.          2002 – “Ahimsa: A Way of Life,’” presented at the ECSU Peace Conference,” Perspectives in Peace,” November 9.

18.          2001 – “Nietzsche’s Will to Power as Elan Vital, presented at the Fourth Congress of the International Society of Universal Dialogue, Krakow Poland, July.

19.          2000 – Presented a modified version of the paper “Gandhi: Boundaries of the Self as

They Affect Nonviolence and Peace,” at the Twelfth International Congress of Vedanta held at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, September 14-17. 2000.

20.          2000 – I  presented a paper, “Gandhi: Boundaries of the Self as They Affect Nonviolence and Peace,” at the World Association of Vedic Studies, Inc. (WAVES), at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, July 28-30.

21.          2000 – I presented a paper,” Kant and Gandhi: ‘Boundaries of the Self/Non-harm and Love/ Violence and Conflict,” at the colloquium “Ethnicity in the First World, the Third World and Ex-Communist Countries,” held at Panjabi University, Patiala. India, January 6-8.

22.         1999- I presented a paper, “Non-Harm and Love: as Viewed by Immanuel Kant

 and Mohatma Gandhi at the Tenth International Congress of Vedanta, held at

 the  International Congress of Vedanta. held at Port of Spain, Trinidad, March.

23.     1995 – I presented a paper at the Eighth International Congress of Vedanta.

November 3, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. The title of my paper was “The Nature and Function of Intuition  in the Yoga  and Advaita Vedanta Schools of Philosophy.”

 

24.           1991 – “Ahimsa in Buddhist and Gandhian Thought,” presented at the Association for

Asian Studies, New  England Conference, at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, November 1-2. 1 organized this panel which had members from each of the CSU

campuses.

25.       1991 – Gandhi’s View of Satyagraha, Satya, and Ahimsa” (Gandhi’s view of Satyagraha

       is a force of resistance to oppresion, used by those seeking Satya, i.e., truth, by means of

Ahimsa, i.e., non-harm and love)  part of a panel presented at the American Academy of             Religion, New England Region, Trinity college, Harford, Ct. March 25th   

26.       1990 – “Development of the Self,” (a view of the self which the Vedanta [Hindu] tradition can offer to the  Western world), presented at the International Congress of Vedanta, Miami University, Oxford,  Ohio, April 5-8.

27.          1989 – “The False Self in Hindu Philosophy,” Annual Convention of the College of

               Theology Society, at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, June 1-4.

28.                          Community and Curriculum,”  presented at the Connecticut State University Scholarly Meeting of Philosophers, at Farmington, Ct., April 20.

29.         1988 – “Knowledge of Reality: A Comparative Study of the Naiyayikas‘ View and

                Heidegger’s   View of Reality,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, November. 

30.           1988 – “The Relation of Dharma to Karma,” presented at a panel on Karma, at                

                the  Pacific Meting of the Association of Asian Studies (concerning Asian countries and countries of   the Pacific Rim), held at California State University, Northridge, June.

31.           1988 – “Religious Pluralism: A Constructive Criticism,” presented at the

                Theology Society, Thirty-Fourth Annual Convention. The theme of the convention was “Theology in World Perspective,” and it was held at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, May 26-29.

32.           1987 – “Detachment and the Nature of the Supreme Being, in the Baghavad Gita,”

                the Southern California Seminar on South Asian Thought, at California State University, Long Beach, April 1987. Also, the revised paper was presented at the 16th Annual Conference on South Asia, held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. November 6-8.

33.        1986 – “Hinduism and Tolerance,” a  response to a paper given by Professor Rama

      Rao Pappu, on a panel, at the 15th Annual Conference on South Asia, held at

        the University     of   Wisconsin, Madison, November 6-10.

 

 

UPCOMING PRESENTAIONS:

2014 -    In July of this year, I will give a paper , “ Human Knowledge From a Human Perspective” at the 10th Congress of the International Society of Universal Dialogue, the University of Craiova, Craiova, Romania.

 

DEPARTMENT AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE:

2014 – March – The proposal for a Major in Philosophy has been accepted by the Board of Regents, the University Curriculum committee and the University Senate. I wrote the proposal.  This is a major which emphasizes comparative philosophy and is grounded in critical thinking and complex reasoning.

2010-2012 – Professor William Newell and I have been preparing a proposal for a Major in Philosophy.  In addition, we had to complete a series of questions for the Board of Regents. This fall, we expect to meet with a  committee of the Board of Regents and argue that a Major in Philosophy should be required in any liberal arts institution of higher learning, and that our particular program, which emphasizes Critical Thinking and Complex Reasoning, and Comparative Philosophy is both unique and necessary in this age of international relations. If the Board of Regents approves our materials, we will send our proposal to the Dean of Arts and Sciences and to then to the Curriculum Committee..

2010 – As a member of the North American Academic Council for Jain Studies, I nominated Patricia Strickland, the Administrative Assistant to Dr. Michael Penal, the Executive Vice President,, to be a participant in the International School of Jain Studies, ISSJS, India.  She has received a scholarship to attend ISSJS this summer.

2010 – Because of  my membership in the North American Academic Council for Jain Studies and the strong connection that the Jain community has with our university, Dr. Sulekh Jain, the Program Chairman of the  North American Academic Council for Jain Studies, has secured a library of about 500 Jain books which will be donated to Eastern’s library.  The books which cannot be housed by our library will be given to the Asian Studies Department at the University of Connecticut.  

2006 – 2009 – As a member of the North American Academic Council for Jain Studies, I have  nominated three faculty and two students from Eastern who received scholarships to study Jainism in India at the International Summer School of Jain Studies, ISSJS.  

2009 – A member of the Academic Plan Committee which is part of the Strategic Plan for the university.

 

2009 – A member of the Critical Thinking Group of Eastern.  We were active the past few years

assessing the critical thinking ability of selected groups of students on our campus.  We selected those classes of students whose professors were willing to provide the pre and post tests that measure the ability of the students to think critically prior to their studies and after their studies.

 

2010 – This month of April, Professors William Salka, William Newell and I will begin working together to

prepare a proposal ,and the supporting  materials, for a major in philosophy.

 

2009 – Dr. William Newel,  Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Geography, Dr. Julian Friedland, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics, Department of Business Administration, and I  have had the first meeting to try to establish a program for a possible philosophy major.

 

2009 2010 -  Liaison between the Department and the Advisement Center.

 

2008 – The new Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Geography has taken a good deal of effort by

each of the members.  We have had to hold special meetings to elect our Chairperson, Professor William Newell, establish our policies and our by-laws.  We have also had meetings with our President Elsa Nunez and Vice President Rhona Free.

 

2007 -  Professor William Newell and I petitioned for a third faculty member in Philosophy.  We were granted a one-year position and a national search was allowed.  Professor William Newell, Professor Williiam Salka and I evaluated the applicants for the position.  We subsequently hired Dr. David Slutsky. The financial crisis was such that we could not extend his full-time appointment

2007 – Chaired the Department Evaluation Committee, DEC.

2006-2008 –I attended the NEEAN (The New England Educational Assessment Network) workshop at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as a representative from the Philosophy Department..

 

2006-2008 –I attended the NEEAN (The New England Educational Assessment Network) workshop at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as a representative from the Philosophy Department.

 

2003-     I was a member of the Faculty Committee for Academic Advising.

 

2001      University Hour -I presented a talk about my book, Intuition: Its Nature and Uses in Human Experience

 

2001-    I was a faculty moderator at the Student Research and Exhibition Conference, held Saturday, April

21 from  8:30 AM – 3:30 P.M.

 

2001-    I was a faculty moderator at the Student Research and Exhibition Conference, held Saturday, April

                21.

 

1997     November – Took part in a panel on “Freedom,” presented by the University Forum, ECSU.

 

1997     November – at the ECSU Women’s Center, led a panel discussion on “The Many Forms of Oppression.”

 

1996 -   Elected as an alternate to the Senate Termination Appeals Committee at ECSU. (I could not serve, as I was elected as an Associate Professor, but I had been promoted to the rank of Professor.)

 

1995-2000 Member of the Women’s Center Advisory Board.

 

1995-2003 Working to help Professor William Newell expand the philosophy holdings at our ECSU Library.

 

1994-   Member of a panel at Teikyo Post University, Waterbury, CT, April 29, with the Philosophy/Ideas Club Members, from ECSU, and Dr. Arthur Jackson, Associate Dean of Students, ECSU. The title of the panel was “First Amendment Rights vs. Issues of Civility,” and the theme of the conference was “Present Vision and Realities,” co-sponsored by the Connecticut College Personnel Association and Connecticut National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

 

1994 -   Took part in a panel at Eastern Connecticut State University, the theme of which was

“Individual Expression: Freedom and Responsibility.” The panel was part of the program for a campus wide Community Day, on March 2, the central theme of which was “Building a University Community.” The purpose of this campus-wide event, was to promote understanding of and appreciation for diversity on our campus and in our lives.

 

1994     -   1993- Elected twice to the Promotion and Tenure Committee.

 

1993 -   Moderated a round-table discussion concerning the issue of Gays in the Military, for the University Forum, sponsored by the on-campus student Philosophy/Ideas Club, of which I was the advisor, April 29.

 

1993 -   Helped the Orientation Committee with some of the wording used in the pamphlet “Human

Sexuality at EasternConnecticutStateUniversity.”

 

1993-1992 –  Member of the Senate Curriculum Committee at ECSU. I was the recording

 secretary in the Spring of 1993.

 

1992     – Presented a talk “Nonviolence: Views of Gandhi,” at the ECSU Lunch and Learn Series, May 6.
1990 -  Member of the Campus Beautification Committee.

 

1989 -    Member of the Task Force on the Future of ECSU, a committee established as part of a ECSU Self-Study for the Re-accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

 

 

1989 –   Took part in a panel on a campus wide Community Day, on March 2, the central theme of which was “Building a University Community.” The purpose of this campus-wide event, was to promote understanding of and appreciation for diversity on our campus and in our lives.

 

 

 

 

Other Department and University Service:

 

2012  – 2014    Advisor to the Peace and Human Rights Student Club on campus.

 

1997 – 2012     Chairperson of the Peace & Human Rights Committee, PHRC:  

 

2012 –  On October 4th, Patricia Strickland, the Administrative Assistant to our Executive Vice President, Michael Pernal, and I presented a panel which we had  organized called “’Ambassadors for Peace and Human Rights.”  The panel included a number of members and former members of the Peace and Human Rights Committee.  President Elsa Nunez greeted everyone and spoke about the history of the Peace and Human Rights Committee.  Our Executive Vice President, Michael Pernal was the moderator.  Speakers were Professors: Christopher Vasillopulos, Mary Curran, Nicole Krassas, Raouf Mama, Stacy Close, Gail Gelburd, and Hope Fitz.  David McLeod, a graduate student, also spoke.  

2012 – I took part in the preparation for the PeaceJam in which some of the Peace and Human Rights Student Club were mentors to students coming from different states to our university to work on plans for peace in conjunction with a Nobel Laureate.  This year, the Nobel Laureate was the Dalai Lama.  He spoke to the students from our Southern campus.

2012 –  During the spring semester, the theme of most of the meetings was “Returning Combat Veterans.”  The Peace and Human Rights Student Club joined us for all of the meetings except the last one.  Films were shown by the Student Club and they also raised funds for people in Darfur.

2012 – Spring – The Charles and Virginia Scholarship award was awarded to one of the veterans who took part in PHRC activities for two semesters.  His name is Andrew Manzi.

 2010-2012 – Several  events organized and presented by Assistant Professor Helma de Vries were co-sponsored or assisted with funds from PHRC. Among these events were major speakers about the mistreatment of immigrants in the U.S. immigration  system.  There was also an event on southern Sudan and the human rights problems in the region.    

2010 – PHRC has been working this semester on how to obtain grants from funding institutions so that we can form a Peace & Human Rights Institute.  Chancellor David Carter wrote a letter about our thirteen year history on campus to accompany our applications for grants.  However, after our last meeting, I received word that we have a donor for the institute. At this point, Professor Maggie Martin and I are exploring how to proceed.  

 

2007 – 2009    The PHRC Lecture Series was begun.

 

Events Presented, Sponsored, or Co-Sponsored by the Peace & Human Rights Committee:

2010 – Helped sponsor an event presented by Assistant Professor, Dr. Helma deVries, who had an event with a reporter who had been working  Iraq who seriously questioned our military presence there. He had published a book on his experiences and his views on the war.

2009 – In conjunction with the Arts & Lecture Series, presented Professor Cromwell Crawford, from Hawaii  who spoke on the Contributions of Religion to the Bioethics Debate.

2009 -  Presented Professor Manoug Manougian, from  Southern Florida University, who gave a lecture on Genocide.  The Lecture was entitled, “Man’s Inhumanity to Man.:

2008 -  Helped sponsor the week-long visit of three Tibetan Monks who created the Sand Mandala.  (Associate Professor Gail Gelburd, a member of PHRC, was responsible for this very successful event.)

2008 -  Presented Professor Ashok Malhotra, from SUNY Oneonta, who spoke at the University Hour about this Ninash Foundation which builds schools in India for the Harijans. These are children who were once termed “untouchables” and are still treated that way in many villages throughout India..  (I was responsible for the planning of this event, but I was helped by our department secretary, Ann Fratoni and other members of  PHRC.).

2008 -    Presented a  panel, “Gandhi’s Legacy of Ahimsa” which was co-sponsored and supported by

the Art & Lecture Series of Eastern Connecticut State University and the Asian American Studies Institute of the University of Connecticut.  It was also supported by the Jain administrators of the International Summer School of Jain Studies and some private donors. The panel included Gandhi’s great-granddaughter, Dr. Uma Mesthine , a Professor of History at Cape Town  University, South Africa. (I organized this panel which included two presenters from India, one from South Africa, one from Chicago State University, one from the University of Massachusetts.  I also took part in the panel..)

2007 -    A Proposal for a Peace and Human Rights Center was accepted by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.  However, our University President, Dr. Elsa Nunez, questioned whether the Board of Trustees would accept the proposal because of a lack of funding and the fact that the University of Connecticut has a Human Rights program. I do not think that there would be a problem with the Board of Trustees about the Human Rights program at the University of Connecticut as our program is focused on Peace and Human Rights. In fact, I think that we are the only group that is devoted to both peace and human rights issues.

2006 -    The Peace and Human Rights Minor was accepted by the Senate in September.

2006 -     Raouf  Mama and I, acting in behalf of the PHRC, wrote a proposal for the

University Hour to have the former Ambassador from Benin speak. The proposal was acepted.

2005 – The proposal for a Peace and Human Rights Minor, which was submitted to the

Eastern Curriculum Committee, was accepted by the curriculum committee and the senate. Professor

Maggie Martin wrote the draft of the proosal for the PHRC.

2005- The PHRC was working on a proposal for a Peace and Human Rights Center.

2005, May 5 – Dr. Amii Omara-Otunnu, the UNESCO Chair of Comparative Human Rights

 at the University of Connecticut and five of our Eastern students presented a forum in which the students questioned Dr. Omara-Otunnu about human rights issues in the world.

2004 - Alex Kellington, a renowned photo-journalist, spoke of the people in Haiti. Her expertise is based on many visits to Haiti and an understanding of the people based on a command of their language and an acquaintance with Haitians from various walks of life and varied interests.

2003 -  PHRC submitted a budget for the Peace & Human Rights Center, which we have been trying to establish, to Dr. Beverley Anderson, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and to Dr. Dimitrios Pachis, Vice President of Academic Affairs. We have been informed that the budget must be cut before we can hope to proceed.

2003 -  PHRC  began work on a proposal to establish a Minor in Peace & Human Rights Studies. 

This proposal was accepted  by the Curriculum Committee and the Senate in the fall of 2005.

2002 - The Mission Statement for the proposed Peace & Human Rights Center was submitted

 to Dr. Beverley Anderson, Dean of the School of Arts & Science and to Dr. Dimitrios Pachis, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

2002 - November 9, the PHRC with the financial support of President David G. Carter, Vice President Dimitrios Pachis and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Beverley Anderson, held a conference, “Perspectives in Peace,” at this campus. There were noted speakers from foreign countries as well as the U.S. Experts on Africa, India, Ireland, South America, China, and the Middle East. The Key-note speaker was L. Eudora Pettigrew, Ph.D., who is now the Vice President of IAUP, i.e., the International Association of University Presidents. Until July of 2002, Dr. Pettigrew was Chair of IAUP/UN Commission on Conflict Resolution, Disarmament Education, and Peace. I directed the conference. However, I could not have done so without the help of Dr. William Salka and Ann Fratoni, as well as

 the other PHRC members.

2002 -  May  22, Dr. William Salka, a Professor of Political Science at ECSU, and I were honored to be guest speakers at the IAUP United Nations Commission on Conflict Resolution, Disarmament Education, and Peace. We presented the Commission with the Mission Statement for the proposed ECSU Peace & Human Rights Center. Others attending the conference were: Professors: Maggie Martin, Andy Nelson, Nicole Krassas and Dr. Charles Prewitt.

2001 -      I took part in a retreat, attended by members of the PHRC, to begin work on the Mission Statement for the Peace & Human Rights Center.

2001 -     L. Eudora Pettigrew, Ph.D., IAUP/UN Chair of the Commission on Conflict Resolution, Disarmament Education and Peace, attended a banquet hosted by President David G. Carter.

She spoke to the PHRC about how to form aPeace &Human RightsCenteron Campus. I introduced

Dr. Pettigrew.

2000 -    I Directed a Human Rights Conference at ECSU, February 26. The Peace & Human Rights

Committee and the Philosophy Ideas Club sponsored the event. It was co-sponsored by the Deans Office of Arts and Sciences as part of the Millennium Activities.

1997 -1 started a Peace & Human Rights Committee on campus. The committee is presently comprised of about twenty members including: faculty members from many different disciplines on campus, two students, two staff members, and a retired faculty member.

 

1988-1997Advisor to the Philosophy/Ideas Club, or PIC. Mrs. Annette Bradstreet, the former secretary for the Sociology Department, was my co-advisor for many years. Prior to the University Hour, the club’s major activity was to sponsor the University Forum. At  this time,  there was  no University Hour or Arts & Lecture Series. The University Forum presented many important scholarly and interesting entertaining events.  Examples were “Gays in the Military” and “The Nature of Freedom.”

On May 19,1997 – The Philosophy/Ideas Club received the Campus Club of the Year Award. On this same date, I received the Advisor of a Campus Club for the Year Award.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

2014 – I wrote the theme for the 10th Congress of the International Society of Universal Dialogue to be held at the University of Craiova, in Craiova, Romania from July 4th – 10th.   The theme is “Human Nature: Its Nature and Functions”.

2012 – This past summer in Olympia, Greece, I was elected to the Board of the International Society of Universal Dialogue.

2011 – Lectured on Gandhi at the Gandhi Gala held at the Voluntown  PeaceTrust, in Voluntown, Ct.

2010 – Lectured to Dr. Charles Prewitt’s Core course In Peace & Human Rights, on Ahimsa.

2009 –  Lectured to Dr. Charles Prewitt’s  Core Course in Peace & Human Rights, on Ahimsa.

2008 – Lectured to Dr. Charles Prewitt’s Core Course in Peace & Human Rights on Gandhi and Ahimsa.

2007 -  Presented a paper on Ahimsa as practiced by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists at CLIR, the retirement group from the University of Connecticut.

2006 -  I spent two months studying Jainism at the International School of Jain Studies, ISSJS, India.  I visited ten cities with the students and staff of the school..

2006 – After ISSJS, I presented eights talks on my book Ahimsa: a Path to Peace, in Delhi, Mumbai (Bombay) and Ahmadebad.  One of the places where I gave a talk was at the Gandhi Research Center in Delhi where Gandhi was shot.

2005, May 5 – Presented a talk on Gandhi to the retired faculty members of the University of Connecticut.

Please see entry under presentations.)

2003      Reelected to the Governing Board of the World Association of Vedic Studies. I am again one of four secretaries of the Western (non-Indian) Branch of WAVES.

2003     Asked by Professor Bhudev Sharma, the President of WAVES, to head a subcommittee of WAVES, comprised of philosophers, to set the theme for the philosophy papers and to determine if the abstracts are acceptable for presentation. The committee consists of professors from the four ECSU campuses, plus a professor from Concordia College in Canada, and Dr. Bart Gruzalski, Director of the Center for Sustained Living.

2002     Presented talks on “General Themes in Hindu Philosophy,” at the Hindu Temple in Middletown, Ct., March 3 and March 10.

2000     Invited to be one of the four secretaries for the World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES). We on the governing board will establish meetings in the U.S., Europe, and India.

1999     Invited by Prentice Hall to submit an evaluation of the revised edition of John Roller’s book,

The Indian Way. I was paid $100.00 for the evaluation.

1998     Invited to attend a Liberty Forum Colloquium, on “St Augustine’s confessions.” Liberty Fund, a

nonprofit foundation whose purposes are educational and intellectual, paid for my airfare, my

lodging, meals, etc. The colloquium provided an occasion for a sixteen person multidisciplinary

group to explore together some ofSt. Augustine’s writings, their larger significance and how

they bear on the course of human liberty.

1997     Attended a Peace and World Security Studies Summer Faculty Institute on World Security

Affairs. The Institute was held June 10-13 atAmherstCollegeinAmherst,Massachusetts.

1996     A member of the Asian-Comparative Philosophy Study Group of Connecticut, ACPSGC. As a

group of professors, inConnecticut, who teach Asian-Comparative Philosophy, we meet on the

average of once a month, when school is in session, to study subjects in our field and to present

papers on topics in our field.

1995     Chaired the business meeting for the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, which

was held in conjunction with the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association,

Palmer House, Chicago, IL, April 26-29.

1995     Chaired the Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, which was held

in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Hilton Hotel,

Washington, DC, April 6-9.

1994     Chaired one of the panels for the Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative

Philosophy, which was held in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American

Philosophic Association, in Boston, December 27-30, 1994.

1993      Helped to Organize a round table on “Teaching Comparative Philosophy,” for the New England

Division of the American Academy of Religion, which was held at Hartford University, October 30. At the roundtable, I presented a statement as to my view of the nature and activities of comparative philosophy.

1993      Appointed Program Chair of the National and International Society for Asian and

Comparative Philosophy, SACP, for the year September 1993 to September 1994. In this

capacity, I was responsible for the organization of five meetings in the United States, which were

international  in scope, participation and attendance. These meetings were held in conjunction

with three other national/international associations. Three of the meetings were held in

conjunction with the American Philosophic Association (Eastern, Central, and Pacific

Divisions).  One meeting was held  in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies.

Another meeting was held in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion. The

first meeting was held in December, 1994. The last meeting was held in November, 1995.

The theme of all programs for the five meetings was “Women’s Voices: Past and Present”

This program took two years of planning and work, including: choosing the

organizers for each meeting, overseeing the individual topics for some of the panels,

contacting participants for some of the panels, scheduling of the panels, and keeping

all members of my committee, plus the president of SACP, apprised as to the

decisions regarding the panels.

1993          Organized and participated in a panel Teaching Comparative Philosophy,” at

the “Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference at Jiminy Peak” (The Berkshires), Massachusetts,

 July 25-30. As a member of this panel, I presented a statement of my views regarding

the nature of Comparative Philosophy. The editor of The Forum (the Society for Asian

and Comparative Philosophy newsletter) asked me if he could have a copy of the statement

 to use in the next issue.

1992      At John Roller’s request, asked by Nadine Grange, Assistant Editor for Philosophy and

Religion, at MacMillan Press, to review and evaluate the revised chapters on Samkhya

and Vedanta, in John Roller’s text, ORIENTAL PHILOSOPHIES. The reviews were turned

in late October, 1992.

1992      Chaired a panel at the Fourth International Congress of Vedanta, at Miami University,

Oxford, Ohio, April 2-5.

1991          Commented on a paper “Classical Indian Conception of the Self,” by Alan Fox,

which was part of a panel on the theme “Culture and Self,” at the Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, New York, Dec. 27-29.

1985     From the Fall of 1985 through the Interterm of 1986- Acting Chairperson of the

Philosophy Department at Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

International Society for Universal Dialogue

 

 

 

 

CURRICULUM  VITAE

HOPE K. FITZ

                                                            Spring 2014

CORRESPONDENCE:     Hope K. Fitz. Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Department of  Political Science.

Philosophy and Geography

Webb Hall #356

EasternConnecticutStateUniversity. 06226

 

                fitzh@easternct.edu

TELEPHONE:

(860) 465-4606 (Office)

(860) 963-7959  (Home)

 

EDUCATION:    
Ph.D. May 1981 ClaremontGraduateSchool, Asian & Comparative Philosophy
M.A. May 1978 ClaremontGraduateSchool, Philosophy
B.A. June 1972 CaliforniaStateUniversity,Los Angeles,  Philosophy

Doctoral Dissertation: Intuition as an Integral Process of the Mind

(a comparison of the views of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Martin Heidegger with regard to intuition)

MAIN TEACHING INTERESTS:

Asian and Comparative, i.e., Western/Non-western, Philosophy;

Gandhi Studies and Studies of Ahimsa (the ancient Indian notion, which embraces both non-harm and compassion to any living creature, that was developed by the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists and culminated in the thought of Mahatma Gandhi);

Critical Thinking and Complex Reasoning;

Comparative World Ethics Including  Ahimsa;

Peace and Human Rights Studies;

Political Philosophy as it pertains to Human Rights.

AREAS OF TEACHING SPECIALIZATION:

Comparative Philosophy, i.e., Western and Non-western:

South Asian Philosophy – Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist philosophy

Gandhi Studies and the Studies of ahimsa, i. e., Non-Harm and Compassion as developed by the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists which culminated in the thought of Mahatma Gandhi

Ethics – Western  – deontic, i.e., duty theory and aretaic, i.e., virtue theory; Comparative:  Plato; Aristotle;  Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, and Gandhi’s virtue theory. 

Critical Thinking and Complex Reasoning: Needed for Clear, Coherent, Consistent and Rigorous Thinking Which Makes Possible Problem Solving and Taking Initiative  

Metaphysics and Epistemology:

History of Modern Western Philosophy – esp. Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche

 

The Philosophy of Martin Heidegger

 

Existentialism and Phenomenology

 

Creativity (Described in my book on intuition)

AREAS OF COMPETENCE:

East Asian Philosophy – Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism

Logic – Formal- Traditional and Modem (Propositional), and Informal

Philosophy of Religion

Islam

Philosophy of Literature

 

 

EMPLOYMENT:

EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY:

1997 -Promoted to Professor of Philosophy

1991 -Awarded Tenure

1990 – Promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy

1988 -1990- Assistant Professor of Philosophy, full-time, tenure-track.

MOUNT SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE, LOS ANGELES:

1983 -   1987- Assistant Professor of Philosophy, full-time, four year term-contract, Mount Saint Mary’s college, Los Angeles.

1981-1983- Assistant Professor of Philosophy, part- time, Mount Saint Mary’s college, Los Angeles

 

 

MAJOR ACTIVITIES IN 2013 -2014

  1. Co-developed a Round Table for the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy,  Athens

Greece,   August, 2013. The theme of the Round Table was “A Comparison of   the Philosophies and Cultures of Ancient Greece and Ancient India.”

       2.              Based on the theme of the aforementioned Round Table, Springer Publishers has  

        sent the colleague, which whom I wrote the Round Table Theme, and me a

        contract to co-edit an anthology on the subject of the Round Table.     

  1.         I wrote the theme for the 10th  International Congress of the Society of Universal

                        Dialogue, ISUD, which will take place July 4-9, at the University of Craiova,

                        Craiova, Romania.  The theme is “Human Beings: Their Nature and Functions” 

                        This theme considers humans as a species whose privileged position is not longer

                         accepted by many thinkers. 

  1.         I wrote the proposal for a Major in Philosophy, which reflected my thought and the

        thought of my colleague, Professor William Newell.  We wanted a major which  

        focused on Comparative Philosophy and was grounded in Critical Thinking and

        Complex Reasoning.  It has been accepted by the Board of Regents and is

        now being considered by the University Curriculum Committee and the then

        the University Senate.

5.            I am completing a book, Ahimsa: a Way of Life; a Path to Peace.  I sent in the first

                chapter to the publisher,  and expect to send the edited other chapters to him in the

                next week or two.

                       

 

MAJOR ACTIVITIES IN 2012:

  1. Received a monetary award of about $1500.00  (The  award was in Euros.) for one of the two best papers delivered at the 9th International Society of Universal, ISUD, Dialogue Conference held in Olympia, Greece, June 22 – 27th, 2012. 
  2. Elected to the Board of ISUD.
  3. Requested to Edit a Journal on Ahimsa.  I agreed to do so upon completion of

my book Ahimsa: a Way of Life; a Path to Peace.

  1.  Requested to write a piece on “Teaching Jaininsm” which will become part of

a book on the subject.

 

 

 

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS  RECEIVED:

1.             2012 – Received an award of about $1500.00 for one of the two best papers delivered

                at the 9th International Society of Universal Dialogue, ISUD, held at Olympia, Greece,

                June 22 – 27th.

2.             2012- Received a grant from AAUP to attend the 9th International Congress of ISUD (the

                International Society of Universal Dialogue) at Olympia, Greece, June 22-27.

3.              2010 – Awarded a grant  from the AAUP  to attend  the 8th International Congress of ISUD (the

                International Society of Universal Dialogue) at Beijing University, China.  I could not attend as

                my husband had to have emergency surgery the day I was to depart for China.

4.            2009 – Awarded a grant from the AAUP to attend a conference, organized by the Society for Indian Philosophy & Religion and the Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness, Bethany College, West Virginia, USA,  December 2009, in Calcutta, India, I did not attend because of my husband’s hospitalization.

5.            2008 – Awarded a grant for $1500.00 from the Dean of Arts & Sciences to attend and present a paper at the International Society for Universal Dialogue, ISUD, Congress in Beijing, China, the University of Beijing, in July.  The Congress was postponed by the University of Beijing because of the fear of Swine Flu.  The Congress has been rescheduled for July 2 – 8, 2010.

6.             2008 – Awarded a grant from the AAUP for $1000.00 to attend the Congress in Beijing, China, described above.

7.            2008 – Received a grant from the University Hour to bring Professor Manoug  Manougian to Eastern to deliver a lecture/film “Man’s Inhumanity to Man,” about genocide ..A four hour film about genocide, which was written by Professor Manougian, was presented in 2002 on PBS.  It won two prestigious awards.

8.            2008 – I received a grant for $500.00 from the J. Eugene Smith Library to build the holdings on Jain literature.

9.            2008  –  As one of the three members of the Critical Thinking Group at Eastern, I  received a portion of the CSUS Assessment Committee for the Assessment of Learning for Educational Improvement Grant which was used to assess freshmen and seniors.

10.          2007 -  As one of the three members of the Critical Thinking Group of Eastern, I  received a portion of the grant  given to the group from the CSUS  Assessment Committee for the Assessment of Learning for Educational Improvement Grant Program. This was for the proposal “Thinking: Argument Mapping in the First Year Program,”

11.          2007 – Received a grant from the University Hour to bring Ashok Malhotra to Eastern  in March, 2008, to speak about his  Ninash Foundation which builds schools in India  for the former Harijans (untouchables).

12.          2006 – Invited to become a member of the North American Academic Council for Jain Studies.

13.          2006 – Scholarship to study Jainism in India for two months from June 1 – July 31,

14.          2006 – With the Dean’s help, received funding for two weeks in India, from July 31 to  August 16th when I gave eight lectures on Ahimsa: a Path to Peace  in three cities.

15.          2004 – Sabbatical Leave for the Fall Semester to work on the manuscript for my book, which is entitled, Ahimsa: a Path to Peace {Ahimsa basically means non-harm and compassion.) This book is to be the first of four volumes on Ahimsa: a Way of Life.

            16.      2002 – Received $15,000.00 from the President’s Office, the Vice-President’s Office, and the Dean’s Office for the Peace Conference organized and presented by the Peace & Human Rights Committee at Eastern. I am the Chairperson of the Committee. 2019.          

17.          2001 – A Faculty Development Grant to do research on my manuscript, Ahimsa: a

               Way of Life, A Path to Peace  in India.

18.          2000 – A Faculty Development Grant for the ECSU Human Rights Conference which was organized and presented by the Peace & Human Rights Committee..  I am the chairperson of the committee.

19.          1994 – Sabbatical Leave for the fall 1994 semester to work on the manuscript for my book, which is entitled, Intuition: Its Nature and Uses in Human Experience.

              20.           1994 – Three hours of reassignment time, for the Spring Semester, awarded to work on the fifth chapter of the manuscript for my book, which is entitled, Intuition: Its Nature and Uses in Human Experience. The fifth chapter has to do with the role of intuition in transcendence, or transcendent experiences, e.g., a spiritual experience.

             21.            1993 – A Connecticut State University Grant to travel to Ames Library University of Minnesota, and The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., to do further research on the last chapter of the manuscript for my book on intuition.

           22.           1991- Six hours reassignment time, for the Spring Semester, awarded to work on the fourth chapter of my book on intuition. The fourth chapter has to do with the role of intuition in creativity.

            23.             1990 -I was chosen to take part in an American Philosophical Association workshop, in Baltimore, Maryland, March 2-4. The workshop was devoted to the improvement of teaching introductory philosophy.

            24.             1990 – Faculty Summer Development Funds from Eastern Connecticut State University to travel to India in order to gather some materials for the fifth chapter of my book on intuition. As described in #14 above.

          25.        1986 – A Faculty Grant – from Mount St. Mary’s College to develop papers with a view to publication on “The Role of Intuition in Human Experience.”

               26.        1986- A National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a Summer
Institute to study Comparative Philosophy, Director, Professor David Kalupahana. The Institute was held at the University of Hawaii, and the East/West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, June-August.

         27.           1985 – A National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a Summer Seminar on          “The Great Chain of Being,” Director, the renowned theologian, Huston Smith, The seminar was held at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California, June-August

 

 

TEACHING AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

2012 –  Contacted by a representative of Madison Whose Who.  Asked if I wanted to be listed?  When I

                realized that they charged for the networking, I refused.

2007 – Elected to Whose Who of American Teachers.

1997 – Nominated for Outstanding Professor of the Year at Eastern Connecticut State University.

1993 – Informed by the Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Eastern Connecticut State University that the 1992 graduates of our University evaluated my work as a faculty member as “one of the most positive and worthwhile educational experiences” while attending Eastern Connecticut State University.

1991 -Informed by the Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Eastern Connecticut State University that the 1990 graduates of our University evaluated my work as a faculty member as “one of the most positive and worthwhile educational experiences” while attending Eastern Connecticut State University.

1991 – Nominated for Outstanding Professor of the Year at Eastern Connecticut State University.

1986 – Selected as Outstanding Teacher for the Month of September by students and colleagues, at Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles – Chalon Campus.

1985 – Nominated for Outstanding Professor of the Year at Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles – Doheny Campus.

PUBLISHED WORKS AND WORKS ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION:

ABSTRACTS:

2.   2012 -  An abstract for a paper, “Plato and Gandhi: Justice and Ahimsa, “delivered at the 9th International Society of Universal Dialogue , ISUD, in Olympia, Greece, was printed in the Proceedings for the Congress. 

3.   2009  -  An abstract  for a  paper delivered at  the Eighteenth International  Congress of  Vedanta , the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, July 16 -19 , “A Comparison of Confucius’ Notion of  Jen or Ren as Human-Heartedness or Inner –Humanity with Gandhi’s View of Ahimsa as Compassion.

4.   2009  -  An abstract of “A Comparison of Confucius’ Notion of Jen or Ren as Human-Heartedness or  Inner-Humanity  was   printed on the International Society of Universal Dialogue., ISUD , website along  with the  paper. .I was scheduled to give this  paper  at  the Eighth Congress of ISUD at Beijing University in July, 2009, but  Beijing University decided to postpone the conference  because of the swine flu.  The Congress  has been rescheduled for July, 2010.

5.   2008 –  The abstract of a paper  called “Ahimsa and Its Role in Overcoming the Ego From Ancient Indic Traditions to the Thought  and Practice of Mahatma Gandhi” was published along  with the paper in The ICFAI University Press, Vol. II., No 4., October 2008, Hyderabad, India.

6.   2007 –  An abstract of a paper which I delivered at Oxford University, during  a week long Round Table ,  entitled “The Role of Virtue in Developing  Trustworthiness in Public Officials.”  This  abstract and the paper were published in the Oxford Forum on line.

7.. 2008 – An abstract of the paper “Ahimsa: a Way of Life; a Path to Peace was published, along with a booklet containing  the paper , in the Gandhi Lecture Series, part of the University of  Massachusetts , Dartmouth, Indic Studies.

8.   2005 – An abstract of the paper “Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Will to Power as a Kind of Elan Vital, “  was published along with the paper by the international journal , “Dialogue and Universalism, Vol. XV. No. 5-6, Warsaw University Press.

9.   2005 –  An abstract of the paper “India’s Three Great Intellectual Contributions to the Contemporary Global Community” was published by the World Association of Vedic Studies, VAVES in India’s Contributions & Influences in the World,” a publication of  WAVES, edited by Professor Bhu Dev Sharma, the President of WAVES.

10. 2004 – An abstract of  the paper “Islam: Extreme Fundamentalism and the Problem of the ‘Other’ “ was published along with the paper by the Greek journal Skepsis,, vol. XV2004.

11. 2003 -  An abstract of the paper, “The Importance of Ahimsa in the Yoga Sutra, in Gandhi’s Thought  and Modern World” was published along with the paper in India’s Contributions & Influences in the World, a publication of WAVES, ed. by  Professor Bhu Dev Sharma, President of Waves.

12  2003- An abstract of a revised account of “Gandhi: ‘Boundaries of to Self’ as They Affect Nonviolence and Peace,” was published in the proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference of Vedanta, held at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, September 14-17 was published in the proceedings of the conference.

13.  2003 – An abstract of the paper, “Gandhi: *Boundaries of the Self as They Affect Nonviolence and Peace,” along with the paper, was published by the World Association of Vedic Studies  (WAVES).  This paper was delivered at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, July 28-30.

14    2003 – “Kant and Gandhi: ‘Boundaries of the Self ‘/Non-harm and Love/ Violence and Conflict,” an abstract of a paper presented to the colloquium, “Ethnicity in the First World ,Third World and Ex-Communist Countries,” held at Panjabi University, Patiala, India, January 6-8 was published along with the paper by Contemporary Views of Indian Civilization, a publication of WAVES, pp. 11-19.

15.    2001 -  “Non-harm and Love as Viewed by Immanuel Kant and Mahatma Gandhi,” an abstract of a paper presented at the Tenth International Congress of Vedanta, Port of Spain, Trinidad, March 10-14 was published along with the paper by The Journal of Religious Studies, Panjabi University, Panjabi, (Panjab), India.

16.     1995 – “Intuition and Revelation as They Relate to Transcendence,” an abstract of a paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Karl Jaspers Society of North America, which met in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, the Marriott Hotel, New York, December 27-30, was published in the proceedings of the meeting.

17.     1993 – “The Nature and Significance of Intuition in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra and in the Philosophical Writings of Radhakrishnan” an abstract of a paper published in the proceedings of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), in Los Angeles, CA, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, March 25-29. (a revised and expanded version of the above paper was delivered at the American Academy of Religion, New England Region Meeting, in Boston, April 23,1993.)

18.     1990 – An abstract of the paper, “The Importance of Overcoming the False Self in the Process of Self-Development” (a view of the self which the Vedanta [a Hindu] tradition can offer to the Western world), was published in the proceedings of the International Congress of Vedanta, Miami University, Ohio, April 2-5.

19.     1989 – An abstract of the article listed under the heading Articles (Please see #18 below), was published in the Philosopher’s Index – USA.

20.     1988 – “The Nature and Significance of Intuition” (A View Based on a Core Idea Held by Radhakrishnan), an abstract of a paper published in the proceedings of the Radhakrishnan Centennial Conference, held at Miami University, Ohio, April 1988, was published along with the paper in a book New Essays in the Thought of

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, ed. by Ramo Rao Pappu, India Books Center, Delhi, India, ISBN 81-7930461-X.

21.     1987 – An abstract of the paper “The Meaning of Purusottamain the Bhagavad Gita,” was published in the proceedings of the conference on South Asia, at the Annual Meting of the American Academy of Religion, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Marriott Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, November.

22.     1985- An abstract of a paper “How Intuition as a Means to Knowledge Makes Possible an Expanded Ontology” was published in the proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, LA, November. This paper was the result of working with the renowned theologian, Huston Smith, at the school of Berkeley on a summer NEH grant.

23.     1984- An abstract of a paper, “Intuition a Neglected Concept,”  was published in the proceedings of the International Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Hawaii, August.

 

 

 

ARTICLES:

 

1.            2013 – “  A Comparison of  Ancient Greek and Ancient Indian Philosophy by Comparative Philosophers  is Necessary for the Understanding of  the  Roots of Philosophical Thought” was published by the journal Dialogue and Universalism, Journal of the International Society for Universal Dialogue,  Vol. xxiii, No. 4/2013/

2.         2011 –“A Comparison of Confucius’ Notion of Ren as Human-Heartedness and Inner-Humanity With Gandhi’s View of Ahimsa as Compassion” was published in the E-journal, Dialogue & UniversalismE, volume II No. 1/2011.

3.         2010 – The article “The Role of Virtue in Developing Trustworthiness in Public Officials”, published by the Oxford Forum, 2007, has been reprinted for future publication by Carnegie Learning/Nelson Education (a subsidiary of Carnegie Nelson).

4.         2009 – “A Comparison of Confucius’ Notion of Ren as Human Heartedness and Inner Humanity With Gandhi’s View of Ahimsa as Compassion,” on line, ISUD, the International Society of Universal Dialogue, in July, www.ISUD.org

5.         2008 – “Ahimsa and Its Role in Overcoming the Ego From Ancient Indic Traditions to the Thought and Practice of Mahatma Gandhi” was published in The Icfai University Press, Vol. II., No. 4, October 2008, Hyderabad, India.  

6.        2007 – A paper which I delivered at the Oxford Round Table at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England, entitled, “The Role of Virtue in Developing Trustworthiness in Public Officials” has been published by the Oxford Round Table Forum (on line).

7.        2007 – “Ahimsa: A Way of Life, A Path to Peace,” was published in a booklet, the  Gandhi Lecture Series, as part of the UMass/ Dartmouth Center for Indic Studies, Dr. Bal Ram Singh, Director, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Fall 2007.

8.         2008 – “Comparative Philosophy: Theory and Praxis,” the Keynote Address that I gave at SUNY ONEONTA, in April, 2006,  at the National Student Research Conference was to have been published in a booklet containing my address, another address and the best student papers from the conference.  I signed a contract for the talk, but I never received a copy of the booklet.

9.         2006 – A paper which I wrote with Professor Christopher Vasillopulos called, “Conditions for Individual Freedom as Applied to the European Union, was published in Humanity at the Turning Point: Rethinking Nature, Culture and Freedom, Essays on Contemporary Philosophy, ed by Sonja Servomaa, Renvall Institute Publications 23, The Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland,

10.       2005 – “Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Will to Power as a Kind of Elan Vital and Creative Expression” was published in the journal Dialogue and Universalism, Vol. XV. No. 5-6, by Warsaw University Press. I received my copy in May 2006.

11.       2005 – “India’s Three Great Intellectual Contributions to the Contemporary Global Community” was published by the  World Association of Vedic Studies, WAVES in India’s Contributions & Influences in the World,” a publication of the World Association of Vedic Studies, WAVES, edited by Professor BhuDev Sharma, the President of  WAVES.

 12.      2004 – “Islam: Extreme Fundamentalism and the Problem of the “Other,” a paper which was            presented in Olympia, Greece, at the Congress of the International Society for World Dialogue, May 18-23, 2003, was published in the journal SKEPSIS, vol. XV2004.

13.       2003 -” The Importance of Ahimsa: in the Yoga Sutra, in Gandhi’s Thought and in the Modern World,” was published in India’s Contributions & Influences in the World,” a publication  of WAVES, ed. by BhuDev Sharma, President of WAVES.

14.                   2003 – “Gandhi: Boundaries of the Self as They Affect Nonviolence and Peace,” published in “Contemporary Views on Indian Civilization,” edited by BhuDev Sharma, pp. 11-19, a publication of World Association of Vedic Studies, WAVES.

15.                   2001 – “Non-harm and Love as Viewed by Immanuel Kant and Mohatma Gandhi,” published in The Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. XXXII, Nos. 1 & 2, Panjabi University, Patiala, India.

16.                   2000 – “The Integral Nature of the (Kant’s) Categorical Imperative,” written with a colleague, Dr. Margaret Jewett, published in The Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. XXXI, Nos., 1& 2, Panjabi University, Patiala, India.

17.                   1996 – “Gandhi’s Ethical/Religious Tradition” (A Mode of Thought and Practices Which Have Influenced Many Contemporary Thinkers) published in The Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. XXVTI, Spring-Autumn, Nos. 1 and 2, Panjabi University, Patiala (Punjab], India. This is a revised copy of a paper, which was delivered on a Panel entitled “Inventing Traditions,” in the program “Philosophy and Religion in the Asian Context,” at the American Philosophical Association, Central Division, St Louis, MO, May 5-7, 1994.

18.       1995 – “The Nature and Significance of Intuition in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, and in

the Philosophical Writings of Radhakrishnan,” published in The Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. XXVI, Spring-Autumn, Nos. 1 & 2, Punjabi University, Patiala (Punjab], India. This paper was first delivered at the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), in Los Angeles, CA, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, March 25-29, 1993. A revised and expanded version of the paper was delivered at the American Academy of Religion, New England Region Meeting, in Boston, April 23, 1993.

19.       1991 – “The Role of Self-Discipline in the Process of Self-Realization,” an article written with Dr. Bala Sunder Rai Bhallla, a Reader at Punjabi University, published in the Joumal of Religious Studies, Vol. XLX, Spring, No.l, Punjabi University, [Patiala] India.

20.       1990 -”The Mystical Experience From a Heideggerian Perspective,” an article published in The Journal of Religious Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala [Punjab], India, Volume XVTfl, Spring, 6.

21.       1989 – “The Nature and Significance of Intuition” (A View Based on a Core Idea Held By Radhakrishnan), an article published in The Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Vol. VI Number 3, May -August, New Delhi, India.

22.      1987 – “Intuition: Its Nature and Uses,” an article published in the Moksa Journal, U.S.A., Volume IV, Number I: November.

 

Papers Being Submitted for Publication:

2014 – I am about to submit the paper, “Plato and Gandhi: Justice and Ahimsa” which won a monetary award of about $1500.00 (Please see Grants and Awards) at the 9th ISUD Congress in Olympia, Greece, 2012.  I am submitting the paper to the Journal, Philosophy East and West, in Hawaii.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS AND EVALUATIONS:

2011- I was paid $150.00 to review a new book on Ethics for Oxford University Press.

2009 – Invited by Thomson/Wadsworth to submit and evaluation of the revised edition of Roots of Wisdom, which I use in my Perspectives course.  I was paid $50.00 for the review.

2001 – January – A book review of a work entitled, Philosophy from Socrates to Sartre was published in the Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. XXXII, Spring-Autumn, Panjabi University, Patiala, India.

1999 – Invited by Prentice Hall to submit an evaluation of the revised edition of John Koller’s book, The Indian Way.  I was paid $100.00 for the evaluation.

 

 

ARTICLES IN BOOKS:.

2009 – An article, “Ahimsa as the Way to End Mind Pollution,” in a book (an anthology) entitled, Mind Pollution, has been published in Delhi, India. However, as yet, I have not received a copy.

2006 – “Conditions for Individual Freedom as Applied to the European Union,” written with a colleague, Professor Christopher Vasillopulos, a Professor of Political Science, was published in a book entitled Humanity at the Turning Point: Rethinking Nature, Culture and Freedom, which is part of the Renvall Series of Publications at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

1995 – The article “The Nature and Significance of Intuition: A view Based on a Core Idea Held by S. Radhakrishnan, was published in the book, New Essays in the Philosophy of Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, ed. By S.S. Rama Rao Pappu, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Indian Books Centre, Delhi, India, 1995, ISBN 81-7030-46I-X.

BOOKS:

2001 – Intuition: Its Nature and Uses in Human Experience was published

in January 2001 by Motilal Banarsidass, which is a large publishing firm in India.  As of 2009, the book is in its third printing. I use this book in the

Asian Philosophies and Perspectives classes when I am dealing with

the subject of intuition.

BOOKS IN PROGRESS:

2001 – 2014 – For the past eleven years, I have been working on what I plan to be  two volumes all having to do with Ahimsa: A Way of Life (Basically, ahimsa, a Sanskrit term, means non-harm and compassion.)  At this time, I am about ready to submit the first volume to the publisher, Linus Publications, New York.*

 

In Preparation for the book:

1989 – 2012 – For the last 22 years, I have been doing research, writing articles,  and presenting  talks on ahimsa.  A few of the major talks and in depth research

                                    are:

2011- I gave the major talk at the “Gandhi Gala” held at the Voluntown Peace Trust, Voluntown, Ct. The presentation was entitled “Gandhi: a Man of Ahimsa.

2008- I organized and took part in an event, “Gandhi’s Legacy of

Ahimsa, sponsored by the Peace & Human Rights Committee at Eastern, Eastern’Arts and Lecture Series, The UConn Asian Studies Department, the Jain community and individual donors.

                                    2007- I gave a major address at the Gandhi Lecture Series of

                                    Indic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth on

Ahimsa: as a Way of Life and Gandhi’s use of Ahimsa.  The paper was published in a pamphlet which set the precedence for

                                    future articles on Gandhi.

                        2006 – I gave eight talks on ahimsa in three major cities in

India, Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad, and one at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

                                    2001 – In the summer, I spent several weeks at the Gandhi

Center at the Graduate School of Gandhi Studies, Panjab University, in Chandigarh, India, studying Gandhi’s thought about ahimsa.

1989 – I organized a panel, comprised of professors

of philosophy from our four CSU campuses, each of whom delivered papers on ahimsa at a conference at Dartmouth College.

 

* 2009 – I signed a contract with Linus Publishers for the first volume of Ahimsa: a Way of Life. This volume is called: Ahimsa: A Way of Life; A Path to Peace. Work on the book had to be postponed because of my husband’s serious illness and then death. At this point, I am editing the book and have sent part of it to my publisher. In the book, I give a brief summary of the origin and development of ahimsa which culminates in the thought of Mahatma Gandhi. The origins of ahimsa are found in the ancient Hindu Vedic literature.  The development of ahimsa took place in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, and it culminated in the thought of Mahatma Gandhi.  I reflect on the role of ahimsa in Gandhi’s life and then argue that ahimsa needs to be freed from its Indic moorings so that it can be taught to and practiced by people around the world, especially children. This practice is such that ahimsa would form part of one’s attitude and perspective. I see this teaching and practice of ahimsa as essential for peace in this world.

 

 

2014 – I have just sent in the contract to Springer Publications, for an anthology, which will be co-edited with a colleague from Greece.  The title of the book will be A Comparison of the Philosophy and Culture of Ancient Greece and Ancient India.

 

PAPERS  PRESENTED AT  PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS:

1.            2013 – August  – delivered a paper “A Comparison of  the Philosophy and Culture of Ancient Greece and Ancient India by Comparative Philosophers is  necessary for the Understanding of the Roots of Philosophical Thought,”, at a Round Table, the 23rd  World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, Greece.    

2.            2012 – June 22nd   - 27th    delivered a paper “Plato and Gandhi: Justice and Ahimsa”  at  the 9th  Congress

                of  the International Society of Universal Dialogue, at Olympia, Greece. ( An Examination

        and  Comparison of Plato’s and Gandhi’s most Fundamental Virtues)

3       2011 – October 7th – 12th,  I gave  the major address at a Jain conference and retreat in

Vermont for Jain scholars, administrators and benefactors,  in which I considered  the expansion of Jain studies in universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.  My address had to do with the necessity for Jain teachers to be skilled in critical thinking and complex reasoning.

4.             2009 – In the summer, I was scheduled to deliver a talk at the Eighth Congress of the International Society of Universal Dialogue, The University of Beijing, Beijing, China, in which I compared Confucius’ notion of Ren (or Jen) as inner-humanity and human-heartedness, with Gandhi’s view of ahimsa as compassion.  However, as noted above in the section Articles, #1, the Congress was postponed because of a fear of swine flu and has just been rescheduled for July, 2010.

5.         2009 – I delivered the foregoing talk at the Eighteenth International Vedanta Congress at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

6.             2007 – I presented a paper entitled “ The Role of Virtue in the Development of Trustworthiness in Public Officials” at the  six day Oxford Round Table at Oxford University, Oxford, England. The paper was published in the Oxford Round Table Forum.  (See above under published articles.)

 

7.             2006 – I presented eight talks in India on my book Ahimsa: a Path to Peace. The talks

 were organized and sponsored by N.P. Jain, one of the owners and publishers of

Motilal Banarsideas. They were given in Mumbai, New Delhi and Ahmadebad.  One

was given in the famous Gandhi Museum and Institute for Research in Delhi where Gandhi         was shot.

8.            2006 – On October 8, I presented a talk on my book Ahimsa: a Path to Peace at the Gandhi Lecture Series, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

9.            2006 – April 6 – 9, I presented one of two Key-Note addresses at the National Student Research Conference at  SUNY ONEONTA.  The address was entitled: “Comparative Philosophy: Theory and Praxis.”

10.          2005- October 12-15, I presented a paper entitled “Softening the ‘Boundaries of the Self as Necessary for Individual Well Being and Peace in the World” at Hindu University, Orlando, Florida, as part of the Sixteenth International Vedanta Congress.

11.          2005 -July 15-20, I presented a paper entitled “Conditions for Freedom of a Citizen as Applied to the European Union,” at the International Society of Universal Dialogue, Sixth International Meeting, Helsinki, Finland. The paper was co-authored with Professor Christopher Vasillopulos, a colleague at our university who teaches Political Science.

12.          2004 –  July 9-11,  I presented a paper at the World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES) in Washington, D. C. The paper entitled “India’s Three Great Intellectual Contributions to the Contemporary Global Community” has to do with the great contributions of India to world peace.

13.          2003 – On December 29, I delivered a paper entitled, “Ahimsa: A Vedic Source for a Peaceful World Order,” at the 7th India Conference of WAVES (World Association of Vedic Studies), the theme of which is “Contemporary World Order: A Vedic Perspective,” at The University of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India.

14.          2003 – Presented a paper “Islam: Extreme Fundamentalism and the Problem of the ‘Other,” at the International Society for Universal Dialogue Fifth World Congress, held in Ancient Olympia, Greece, May 18-23,2003.

15.       2003 – In January, I presented a paper, “India’s Three Great Jewels: Overcoming the Ego; Ahimsa, and Meditation,” at the University of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India.

16.          2002 – A major guest speaker at the International Conference of the World Association

of Vedic Studies, the theme of which was “India’s Contributions and Influences in the World” I presented a paper entitled The Importance of Ahimsa in the Yoga Sutra, in Gandhi’s Thought, and in the Modem World.” The conference was held at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Ma, July 9 -12.

17.          2002 – “Ahimsa: A Way of Life,’” presented at the ECSU Peace Conference,” Perspectives in Peace,” November 9.

18.          2001 – “Nietzsche’s Will to Power as Elan Vital, presented at the Fourth Congress of the International Society of Universal Dialogue, Krakow Poland, July.

19.          2000 – Presented a modified version of the paper “Gandhi: Boundaries of the Self as

They Affect Nonviolence and Peace,” at the Twelfth International Congress of Vedanta held at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, September 14-17. 2000.

20.          2000 – I  presented a paper, “Gandhi: Boundaries of the Self as They Affect Nonviolence and Peace,” at the World Association of Vedic Studies, Inc. (WAVES), at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, July 28-30.

21.          2000 – I presented a paper,” Kant and Gandhi: ‘Boundaries of the Self/Non-harm and Love/ Violence and Conflict,” at the colloquium “Ethnicity in the First World, the Third World and Ex-Communist Countries,” held at Panjabi University, Patiala. India, January 6-8.

22.         1999- I presented a paper, “Non-Harm and Love: as Viewed by Immanuel Kant

 and Mohatma Gandhi at the Tenth International Congress of Vedanta, held at

 the  International Congress of Vedanta. held at Port of Spain, Trinidad, March.

23.     1995 – I presented a paper at the Eighth International Congress of Vedanta.

November 3, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. The title of my paper was “The Nature and Function of Intuition  in the Yoga  and Advaita Vedanta Schools of Philosophy.”

 

24.           1991 – “Ahimsa in Buddhist and Gandhian Thought,” presented at the Association for

Asian Studies, New  England Conference, at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, November 1-2. 1 organized this panel which had members from each of the CSU

campuses.

25.       1991 – Gandhi’s View of Satyagraha, Satya, and Ahimsa” (Gandhi’s view of Satyagraha

       is a force of resistance to oppresion, used by those seeking Satya, i.e., truth, by means of

Ahimsa, i.e., non-harm and love)  part of a panel presented at the American Academy of             Religion, New England Region, Trinity college, Harford, Ct. March 25th   

26.       1990 – “Development of the Self,” (a view of the self which the Vedanta [Hindu] tradition can offer to the  Western world), presented at the International Congress of Vedanta, Miami University, Oxford,  Ohio, April 5-8.

27.          1989 – “The False Self in Hindu Philosophy,” Annual Convention of the College of

               Theology Society, at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, June 1-4.

28.                          Community and Curriculum,”  presented at the Connecticut State University Scholarly Meeting of Philosophers, at Farmington, Ct., April 20.

29.         1988 – “Knowledge of Reality: A Comparative Study of the Naiyayikas‘ View and

                Heidegger’s   View of Reality,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, November. 

30.           1988 – “The Relation of Dharma to Karma,” presented at a panel on Karma, at                

                the  Pacific Meting of the Association of Asian Studies (concerning Asian countries and countries of   the Pacific Rim), held at California State University, Northridge, June.

31.           1988 – “Religious Pluralism: A Constructive Criticism,” presented at the

                Theology Society, Thirty-Fourth Annual Convention. The theme of the convention was “Theology in World Perspective,” and it was held at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, May 26-29.

32.           1987 – “Detachment and the Nature of the Supreme Being, in the Baghavad Gita,”

                the Southern California Seminar on South Asian Thought, at California State University, Long Beach, April 1987. Also, the revised paper was presented at the 16th Annual Conference on South Asia, held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. November 6-8.

33.        1986 – “Hinduism and Tolerance,” a  response to a paper given by Professor Rama

      Rao Pappu, on a panel, at the 15th Annual Conference on South Asia, held at

        the University     of   Wisconsin, Madison, November 6-10.

 

 

UPCOMING PRESENTAIONS:

2014 -    In July of this year, I will give a paper , “ Human Knowledge From a Human Perspective” at the 10th Congress of the International Society of Universal Dialogue, the University of Craiova, Craiova, Romania.

 

DEPARTMENT AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE:

2014 – March – The proposal for a Major in Philosophy has been accepted by the Board of Regents, the University Curriculum committee and the University Senate. I wrote the proposal.  This is a major which emphasizes comparative philosophy and is grounded in critical thinking and complex reasoning.

2010-2012 – Professor William Newell and I have been preparing a proposal for a Major in Philosophy.  In addition, we had to complete a series of questions for the Board of Regents. This fall, we expect to meet with a  committee of the Board of Regents and argue that a Major in Philosophy should be required in any liberal arts institution of higher learning, and that our particular program, which emphasizes Critical Thinking and Complex Reasoning, and Comparative Philosophy is both unique and necessary in this age of international relations. If the Board of Regents approves our materials, we will send our proposal to the Dean of Arts and Sciences and to then to the Curriculum Committee..

2010 – As a member of the North American Academic Council for Jain Studies, I nominated Patricia Strickland, the Administrative Assistant to Dr. Michael Penal, the Executive Vice President,, to be a participant in the International School of Jain Studies, ISSJS, India.  She has received a scholarship to attend ISSJS this summer.

2010 – Because of  my membership in the North American Academic Council for Jain Studies and the strong connection that the Jain community has with our university, Dr. Sulekh Jain, the Program Chairman of the  North American Academic Council for Jain Studies, has secured a library of about 500 Jain books which will be donated to Eastern’s library.  The books which cannot be housed by our library will be given to the Asian Studies Department at the University of Connecticut.  

2006 – 2009 – As a member of the North American Academic Council for Jain Studies, I have  nominated three faculty and two students from Eastern who received scholarships to study Jainism in India at the International Summer School of Jain Studies, ISSJS.  

2009 – A member of the Academic Plan Committee which is part of the Strategic Plan for the university.

 

2009 – A member of the Critical Thinking Group of Eastern.  We were active the past few years

assessing the critical thinking ability of selected groups of students on our campus.  We selected those classes of students whose professors were willing to provide the pre and post tests that measure the ability of the students to think critically prior to their studies and after their studies.

 

2010 – This month of April, Professors William Salka, William Newell and I will begin working together to

prepare a proposal ,and the supporting  materials, for a major in philosophy.

 

2009 – Dr. William Newel,  Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Geography, Dr. Julian Friedland, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics, Department of Business Administration, and I  have had the first meeting to try to establish a program for a possible philosophy major.

 

2009 2010 -  Liaison between the Department and the Advisement Center.

 

2008 – The new Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Geography has taken a good deal of effort by

each of the members.  We have had to hold special meetings to elect our Chairperson, Professor William Newell, establish our policies and our by-laws.  We have also had meetings with our President Elsa Nunez and Vice President Rhona Free.

 

2007 -  Professor William Newell and I petitioned for a third faculty member in Philosophy.  We were granted a one-year position and a national search was allowed.  Professor William Newell, Professor Williiam Salka and I evaluated the applicants for the position.  We subsequently hired Dr. David Slutsky. The financial crisis was such that we could not extend his full-time appointment

2007 – Chaired the Department Evaluation Committee, DEC.

2006-2008 –I attended the NEEAN (The New England Educational Assessment Network) workshop at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as a representative from the Philosophy Department..

 

2006-2008 –I attended the NEEAN (The New England Educational Assessment Network) workshop at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as a representative from the Philosophy Department.

 

2003-     I was a member of the Faculty Committee for Academic Advising.

 

2001      University Hour -I presented a talk about my book, Intuition: Its Nature and Uses in Human Experience

 

2001-    I was a faculty moderator at the Student Research and Exhibition Conference, held Saturday, April

21 from  8:30 AM – 3:30 P.M.

 

2001-    I was a faculty moderator at the Student Research and Exhibition Conference, held Saturday, April

                21.

 

1997     November – Took part in a panel on “Freedom,” presented by the University Forum, ECSU.

 

1997     November – at the ECSU Women’s Center, led a panel discussion on “The Many Forms of Oppression.”

 

1996 -   Elected as an alternate to the Senate Termination Appeals Committee at ECSU. (I could not serve, as I was elected as an Associate Professor, but I had been promoted to the rank of Professor.)

 

1995-2000 Member of the Women’s Center Advisory Board.

 

1995-2003 Working to help Professor William Newell expand the philosophy holdings at our ECSU Library.

 

1994-   Member of a panel at Teikyo Post University, Waterbury, CT, April 29, with the Philosophy/Ideas Club Members, from ECSU, and Dr. Arthur Jackson, Associate Dean of Students, ECSU. The title of the panel was “First Amendment Rights vs. Issues of Civility,” and the theme of the conference was “Present Vision and Realities,” co-sponsored by the Connecticut College Personnel Association and Connecticut National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

 

1994 -   Took part in a panel at Eastern Connecticut State University, the theme of which was

“Individual Expression: Freedom and Responsibility.” The panel was part of the program for a campus wide Community Day, on March 2, the central theme of which was “Building a University Community.” The purpose of this campus-wide event, was to promote understanding of and appreciation for diversity on our campus and in our lives.

 

1994     -   1993- Elected twice to the Promotion and Tenure Committee.

 

1993 -   Moderated a round-table discussion concerning the issue of Gays in the Military, for the University Forum, sponsored by the on-campus student Philosophy/Ideas Club, of which I was the advisor, April 29.

 

1993 -   Helped the Orientation Committee with some of the wording used in the pamphlet “Human

Sexuality at EasternConnecticutStateUniversity.”

 

1993-1992 –  Member of the Senate Curriculum Committee at ECSU. I was the recording

 secretary in the Spring of 1993.

 

1992     – Presented a talk “Nonviolence: Views of Gandhi,” at the ECSU Lunch and Learn Series, May 6.
1990 -  Member of the Campus Beautification Committee.

 

1989 -    Member of the Task Force on the Future of ECSU, a committee established as part of a ECSU Self-Study for the Re-accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

 

 

1989 –   Took part in a panel on a campus wide Community Day, on March 2, the central theme of which was “Building a University Community.” The purpose of this campus-wide event, was to promote understanding of and appreciation for diversity on our campus and in our lives.

 

 

 

 

Other Department and University Service:

 

2012  – 2014    Advisor to the Peace and Human Rights Student Club on campus.

 

1997 – 2012     Chairperson of the Peace & Human Rights Committee, PHRC:  

 

2012 –  On October 4th, Patricia Strickland, the Administrative Assistant to our Executive Vice President, Michael Pernal, and I presented a panel which we had  organized called “’Ambassadors for Peace and Human Rights.”  The panel included a number of members and former members of the Peace and Human Rights Committee.  President Elsa Nunez greeted everyone and spoke about the history of the Peace and Human Rights Committee.  Our Executive Vice President, Michael Pernal was the moderator.  Speakers were Professors: Christopher Vasillopulos, Mary Curran, Nicole Krassas, Raouf Mama, Stacy Close, Gail Gelburd, and Hope Fitz.  David McLeod, a graduate student, also spoke.  

2012 – I took part in the preparation for the PeaceJam in which some of the Peace and Human Rights Student Club were mentors to students coming from different states to our university to work on plans for peace in conjunction with a Nobel Laureate.  This year, the Nobel Laureate was the Dalai Lama.  He spoke to the students from our Southern campus.

2012 –  During the spring semester, the theme of most of the meetings was “Returning Combat Veterans.”  The Peace and Human Rights Student Club joined us for all of the meetings except the last one.  Films were shown by the Student Club and they also raised funds for people in Darfur.

2012 – Spring – The Charles and Virginia Scholarship award was awarded to one of the veterans who took part in PHRC activities for two semesters.  His name is Andrew Manzi.

 2010-2012 – Several  events organized and presented by Assistant Professor Helma de Vries were co-sponsored or assisted with funds from PHRC. Among these events were major speakers about the mistreatment of immigrants in the U.S. immigration  system.  There was also an event on southern Sudan and the human rights problems in the region.    

2010 – PHRC has been working this semester on how to obtain grants from funding institutions so that we can form a Peace & Human Rights Institute.  Chancellor David Carter wrote a letter about our thirteen year history on campus to accompany our applications for grants.  However, after our last meeting, I received word that we have a donor for the institute. At this point, Professor Maggie Martin and I are exploring how to proceed.  

 

2007 – 2009    The PHRC Lecture Series was begun.

 

Events Presented, Sponsored, or Co-Sponsored by the Peace & Human Rights Committee:

2010 – Helped sponsor an event presented by Assistant Professor, Dr. Helma deVries, who had an event with a reporter who had been working  Iraq who seriously questioned our military presence there. He had published a book on his experiences and his views on the war.

2009 – In conjunction with the Arts & Lecture Series, presented Professor Cromwell Crawford, from Hawaii  who spoke on the Contributions of Religion to the Bioethics Debate.

2009 -  Presented Professor Manoug Manougian, from  Southern Florida University, who gave a lecture on Genocide.  The Lecture was entitled, “Man’s Inhumanity to Man.:

2008 -  Helped sponsor the week-long visit of three Tibetan Monks who created the Sand Mandala.  (Associate Professor Gail Gelburd, a member of PHRC, was responsible for this very successful event.)

2008 -  Presented Professor Ashok Malhotra, from SUNY Oneonta, who spoke at the University Hour about this Ninash Foundation which builds schools in India for the Harijans. These are children who were once termed “untouchables” and are still treated that way in many villages throughout India..  (I was responsible for the planning of this event, but I was helped by our department secretary, Ann Fratoni and other members of  PHRC.).

2008 -    Presented a  panel, “Gandhi’s Legacy of Ahimsa” which was co-sponsored and supported by

the Art & Lecture Series of Eastern Connecticut State University and the Asian American Studies Institute of the University of Connecticut.  It was also supported by the Jain administrators of the International Summer School of Jain Studies and some private donors. The panel included Gandhi’s great-granddaughter, Dr. Uma Mesthine , a Professor of History at Cape Town  University, South Africa. (I organized this panel which included two presenters from India, one from South Africa, one from Chicago State University, one from the University of Massachusetts.  I also took part in the panel..)

2007 -    A Proposal for a Peace and Human Rights Center was accepted by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.  However, our University President, Dr. Elsa Nunez, questioned whether the Board of Trustees would accept the proposal because of a lack of funding and the fact that the University of Connecticut has a Human Rights program. I do not think that there would be a problem with the Board of Trustees about the Human Rights program at the University of Connecticut as our program is focused on Peace and Human Rights. In fact, I think that we are the only group that is devoted to both peace and human rights issues.

2006 -    The Peace and Human Rights Minor was accepted by the Senate in September.

2006 -     Raouf  Mama and I, acting in behalf of the PHRC, wrote a proposal for the

University Hour to have the former Ambassador from Benin speak. The proposal was acepted.

2005 – The proposal for a Peace and Human Rights Minor, which was submitted to the

Eastern Curriculum Committee, was accepted by the curriculum committee and the senate. Professor

Maggie Martin wrote the draft of the proosal for the PHRC.

2005- The PHRC was working on a proposal for a Peace and Human Rights Center.

2005, May 5 – Dr. Amii Omara-Otunnu, the UNESCO Chair of Comparative Human Rights

 at the University of Connecticut and five of our Eastern students presented a forum in which the students questioned Dr. Omara-Otunnu about human rights issues in the world.

2004 - Alex Kellington, a renowned photo-journalist, spoke of the people in Haiti. Her expertise is based on many visits to Haiti and an understanding of the people based on a command of their language and an acquaintance with Haitians from various walks of life and varied interests.

2003 -  PHRC submitted a budget for the Peace & Human Rights Center, which we have been trying to establish, to Dr. Beverley Anderson, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and to Dr. Dimitrios Pachis, Vice President of Academic Affairs. We have been informed that the budget must be cut before we can hope to proceed.

2003 -  PHRC  began work on a proposal to establish a Minor in Peace & Human Rights Studies. 

This proposal was accepted  by the Curriculum Committee and the Senate in the fall of 2005.

2002 - The Mission Statement for the proposed Peace & Human Rights Center was submitted

 to Dr. Beverley Anderson, Dean of the School of Arts & Science and to Dr. Dimitrios Pachis, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

2002 - November 9, the PHRC with the financial support of President David G. Carter, Vice President Dimitrios Pachis and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Beverley Anderson, held a conference, “Perspectives in Peace,” at this campus. There were noted speakers from foreign countries as well as the U.S. Experts on Africa, India, Ireland, South America, China, and the Middle East. The Key-note speaker was L. Eudora Pettigrew, Ph.D., who is now the Vice President of IAUP, i.e., the International Association of University Presidents. Until July of 2002, Dr. Pettigrew was Chair of IAUP/UN Commission on Conflict Resolution, Disarmament Education, and Peace. I directed the conference. However, I could not have done so without the help of Dr. William Salka and Ann Fratoni, as well as

 the other PHRC members.

2002 -  May  22, Dr. William Salka, a Professor of Political Science at ECSU, and I were honored to be guest speakers at the IAUP United Nations Commission on Conflict Resolution, Disarmament Education, and Peace. We presented the Commission with the Mission Statement for the proposed ECSU Peace & Human Rights Center. Others attending the conference were: Professors: Maggie Martin, Andy Nelson, Nicole Krassas and Dr. Charles Prewitt.

2001 -      I took part in a retreat, attended by members of the PHRC, to begin work on the Mission Statement for the Peace & Human Rights Center.

2001 -     L. Eudora Pettigrew, Ph.D., IAUP/UN Chair of the Commission on Conflict Resolution, Disarmament Education and Peace, attended a banquet hosted by President David G. Carter.

She spoke to the PHRC about how to form aPeace &Human RightsCenteron Campus. I introduced

Dr. Pettigrew.

2000 -    I Directed a Human Rights Conference at ECSU, February 26. The Peace & Human Rights

Committee and the Philosophy Ideas Club sponsored the event. It was co-sponsored by the Deans Office of Arts and Sciences as part of the Millennium Activities.

1997 -1 started a Peace & Human Rights Committee on campus. The committee is presently comprised of about twenty members including: faculty members from many different disciplines on campus, two students, two staff members, and a retired faculty member.

 

1988-1997Advisor to the Philosophy/Ideas Club, or PIC. Mrs. Annette Bradstreet, the former secretary for the Sociology Department, was my co-advisor for many years. Prior to the University Hour, the club’s major activity was to sponsor the University Forum. At  this time,  there was  no University Hour or Arts & Lecture Series. The University Forum presented many important scholarly and interesting entertaining events.  Examples were “Gays in the Military” and “The Nature of Freedom.”

On May 19,1997 – The Philosophy/Ideas Club received the Campus Club of the Year Award. On this same date, I received the Advisor of a Campus Club for the Year Award.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

2014 – I wrote the theme for the 10th Congress of the International Society of Universal Dialogue to be held at the University of Craiova, in Craiova, Romania from July 4th – 10th.   The theme is “Human Nature: Its Nature and Functions”.

2012 – This past summer in Olympia, Greece, I was elected to the Board of the International Society of Universal Dialogue.

2011 – Lectured on Gandhi at the Gandhi Gala held at the Voluntown  PeaceTrust, in Voluntown, Ct.

2010 – Lectured to Dr. Charles Prewitt’s Core course In Peace & Human Rights, on Ahimsa.

2009 –  Lectured to Dr. Charles Prewitt’s  Core Course in Peace & Human Rights, on Ahimsa.

2008 – Lectured to Dr. Charles Prewitt’s Core Course in Peace & Human Rights on Gandhi and Ahimsa.

2007 -  Presented a paper on Ahimsa as practiced by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists at CLIR, the retirement group from the University of Connecticut.

2006 -  I spent two months studying Jainism at the International School of Jain Studies, ISSJS, India.  I visited ten cities with the students and staff of the school..

2006 – After ISSJS, I presented eights talks on my book Ahimsa: a Path to Peace, in Delhi, Mumbai (Bombay) and Ahmadebad.  One of the places where I gave a talk was at the Gandhi Research Center in Delhi where Gandhi was shot.

2005, May 5 – Presented a talk on Gandhi to the retired faculty members of the University of Connecticut.

Please see entry under presentations.)

2003      Reelected to the Governing Board of the World Association of Vedic Studies. I am again one of four secretaries of the Western (non-Indian) Branch of WAVES.

2003     Asked by Professor Bhudev Sharma, the President of WAVES, to head a subcommittee of WAVES, comprised of philosophers, to set the theme for the philosophy papers and to determine if the abstracts are acceptable for presentation. The committee consists of professors from the four ECSU campuses, plus a professor from Concordia College in Canada, and Dr. Bart Gruzalski, Director of the Center for Sustained Living.

2002     Presented talks on “General Themes in Hindu Philosophy,” at the Hindu Temple in Middletown, Ct., March 3 and March 10.

2000     Invited to be one of the four secretaries for the World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES). We on the governing board will establish meetings in the U.S., Europe, and India.

1999     Invited by Prentice Hall to submit an evaluation of the revised edition of John Roller’s book,

The Indian Way. I was paid $100.00 for the evaluation.

1998     Invited to attend a Liberty Forum Colloquium, on “St Augustine’s confessions.” Liberty Fund, a

nonprofit foundation whose purposes are educational and intellectual, paid for my airfare, my

lodging, meals, etc. The colloquium provided an occasion for a sixteen person multidisciplinary

group to explore together some ofSt. Augustine’s writings, their larger significance and how

they bear on the course of human liberty.

1997     Attended a Peace and World Security Studies Summer Faculty Institute on World Security

Affairs. The Institute was held June 10-13 atAmherstCollegeinAmherst,Massachusetts.

1996     A member of the Asian-Comparative Philosophy Study Group of Connecticut, ACPSGC. As a

group of professors, inConnecticut, who teach Asian-Comparative Philosophy, we meet on the

average of once a month, when school is in session, to study subjects in our field and to present

papers on topics in our field.

1995     Chaired the business meeting for the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, which

was held in conjunction with the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association,

Palmer House, Chicago, IL, April 26-29.

1995     Chaired the Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, which was held

in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Hilton Hotel,

Washington, DC, April 6-9.

1994     Chaired one of the panels for the Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative

Philosophy, which was held in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American

Philosophic Association, in Boston, December 27-30, 1994.

1993      Helped to Organize a round table on “Teaching Comparative Philosophy,” for the New England

Division of the American Academy of Religion, which was held at Hartford University, October 30. At the roundtable, I presented a statement as to my view of the nature and activities of comparative philosophy.

1993      Appointed Program Chair of the National and International Society for Asian and

Comparative Philosophy, SACP, for the year September 1993 to September 1994. In this

capacity, I was responsible for the organization of five meetings in the United States, which were

international  in scope, participation and attendance. These meetings were held in conjunction

with three other national/international associations. Three of the meetings were held in

conjunction with the American Philosophic Association (Eastern, Central, and Pacific

Divisions).  One meeting was held  in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies.

Another meeting was held in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion. The

first meeting was held in December, 1994. The last meeting was held in November, 1995.

The theme of all programs for the five meetings was “Women’s Voices: Past and Present”

This program took two years of planning and work, including: choosing the

organizers for each meeting, overseeing the individual topics for some of the panels,

contacting participants for some of the panels, scheduling of the panels, and keeping

all members of my committee, plus the president of SACP, apprised as to the

decisions regarding the panels.

1993          Organized and participated in a panel Teaching Comparative Philosophy,” at

the “Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference at Jiminy Peak” (The Berkshires), Massachusetts,

 July 25-30. As a member of this panel, I presented a statement of my views regarding

the nature of Comparative Philosophy. The editor of The Forum (the Society for Asian

and Comparative Philosophy newsletter) asked me if he could have a copy of the statement

 to use in the next issue.

1992      At John Roller’s request, asked by Nadine Grange, Assistant Editor for Philosophy and

Religion, at MacMillan Press, to review and evaluate the revised chapters on Samkhya

and Vedanta, in John Roller’s text, ORIENTAL PHILOSOPHIES. The reviews were turned

in late October, 1992.

1992      Chaired a panel at the Fourth International Congress of Vedanta, at Miami University,

Oxford, Ohio, April 2-5.

1991          Commented on a paper “Classical Indian Conception of the Self,” by Alan Fox,

which was part of a panel on the theme “Culture and Self,” at the Annual Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, New York, Dec. 27-29.

1985     From the Fall of 1985 through the Interterm of 1986- Acting Chairperson of the

Philosophy Department at Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

International Society for Universal Dialogue

 

 

 

 

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