Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival 2016

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Vivodh Anand

Dr. Vivodh Anand

140 Claremont Avenue, Suite 1-B, New York, NY 10027
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After his elementary and secondary schooling at Sherwood College, Nainital, Vivodh Anand enrolled at St. Stephens College, Delhi in 1962.  When an opportunity to study Philosophy at Bloomfield College in New Jersey presented itself, Dr. Anand immigrated to the US where he took his undergraduate degree followed by an MA and Ph.D. in Education and Religion from New York University’s School of Education.  His doctoral thesis was an interpretive study of Jung’s Analytical Psychology and Radhakrishnan’s Advaita Vedanta.

As a student and an immigrant in early 1963 Anand involved himself in the tumultuous US Civil Rights movement and to this day remains committed to struggles for equity and justice.  As a result of his involvement in the landmark US Federal Court decision in favor of the Edison New Jersey Gujarati Community’s cultural and religious expression of Navratri, and for his teamwork with the local community in Edison, New Jersey, Anand was invited to become an Affiliate of Harvard University’s Pluralism Project and was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey as Civil Rights Commissioner; a position he held for ten years.  
Dr. Anand has taught Religion at Rutgers and Montclair State University in New Jersey and at Hofstra University in New York. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies and serves as International Liaison for the Madurai Human Rights Organization.  Anand’s interests are US Immigration and Refugee Studies, dispute resolution, Peace Studies, interreligious and intercultural understanding and accord.  He is considered an expert witness for practitioners of  US Immigration Law.  Dr. Anand, Vice-president of Anand Education Initiatives, Inc., an organization committed to intercultural relationships and learning activities through Progressive pedagogies, resides in New York City with Dr. Bernadette Anand, his spouse for forty years and a professor at the Graduate Division of Bank Street College.