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Vasant V. Merchant, Ph.D., LL.B.
Professor Emeritus, Northern Arizona University--Editor/Publisher, The International Journal of Humanities and Peace (IJHP).
Above: Vasant Merchant (seated center-right front) as an Honoree at a Governor's Award Luncheon at the Radisson Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona--May, 2003
"Vasant Merchant was born in Mumbai (Bombay), India, where she earned an LL.B..
Then Prime Minister Jarwahal Nehru, through a contribution from his private purse, sponsored Vasant to further her education in the United States.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
During the course of her long career, she has been written several books, published dozens of articles, spoken and presented at many important international conferences and has traveled to many countries in the service of her mission for peace and understanding amongst the many peoples and cultures of the world.
Dr. Merchant is a Devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
While she has become a proud citizen of the United States, she will always represent the essence of being, 'a true daughter of India'."--Mark Siegmund, IJHP Associate Editor
"Vasant Merchant, through the IJHP, has been a major architect in designing and building a 'culture of peace' for our times.
In addition to her being a devotee of the Mother, she has been Good Mother to many of us in our writing, publishing, and thinking. She has made an important contribution to a new book, 'Stories of the Academy: Learning from the Good Mother' (2002), Peter Lang Publishers, authored by Mary Beth Spore, Marsha Dianne Harrison, and Nelson L. Haggerson, Jr."--- Nelson L. Haggerson, Jr. Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
CURRICULUM VITA OF VASANT V. MERCHANT
"TRUE KNOWLEDGE IS THAT WHICH UNITES." Sri Aurobindo.
VASANT V. MERCHANT, Ph.D., LL.B. been a professor of Humanities & Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University since 1966 (now Professor Emeritus). has done teaching, research and counseling at the University of Minnesota (1957- '63). the University of Seven Seas (1964-65), and the University of Southern California (1963-66). She has taught multidisciplinary courses. She is founder-president of AZ Humanities Association and former-president founder member, National Association for Humanities Education; former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (1989-91), World Peace University (WPU) and Radio for Pence international (RFPI); International Advisory Board Member, WPU & RFPI member, International Council of Psychologists, Phi Kappa Phi (Secretary, Treasurer NAU-Chapter), Linus Pauling Institute of Science & Medicine, Scripps Clinic & Research institute, and others.
Author of many books including, 'Religion and World Peace," "Vignettes of Indian Womanhood", "The Poems of A Teenager" and more than 500 articles, recipient Of Over 101 awards among which are "Foremost Woman Of the 20th Century", U.S. President's Award for "Outstanding Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year”, "Distinguished Contributions to Psychology, Education, Health, Arts & Humanities & Peace Studies”, "Outstanding Faculty Woman of the Year (NAU)", Key of Success for "Excellence in Global Relations" & "World Religions” and others in appreciation of her forty-five years of service and dedication, foresight and leadership that have influenced professions and communities. She is the Editor and Publisher of The International Journal of Humanities & Peace, which is celebrating its 18' anniversary.
Dr. Merchant's expertise ranges from psychological and international studies, humanistic studies, Alzheimer's disease & Brain and memory disorders, disability and the law. she has published extensively on health psychology, humanities, Comparative philosophies & religions and values. She has lectured and spoken to major institutions and centers (educational and spiritual) in the U.S. and many other countries abroad including the conferences of UNESCO, WHO and United Nations.
She has built in her Peace Garden a temple of World Peace - Vishwa Shanti Mandir, in Pagoda style architecture with symbols of all religions on the beams representing World Peace, Harmony, Friendship and Unity among all races and religious with a peacock ceiling. In the entrance, pillars to the Temple of Peace have plaques in 25 languages, which say: May Peace Prevail on Earth. There are two murals - PEACE MANDALAS, which are dedicated to the theme: The World Is A Family- Yasudeva Kuttumbakkam.
Vasant V. Merchant, B. A. (Hons.), T.D., M. A. (Hons.), LL.B. (University of Bombay, India); M.A. (University Of Minnesota); Ph.D., (University Of Southern California)'
Address. 1436 North Evergreen Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Tel. (928) 774-4793