Larry D. Shinn received his B.A. from Baldwin Wallace College in 1964, his B.D. from Drew Theological School in 1968, and his Ph.D. in History of Religions from Princeton University in 1972. He taught religion and humanities courses at Oberlin College from 1970-1983. At Bucknell University, Shinn served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1984 to 1989 and as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1989 to 1994. He became the eighth president of Berea College in August, 1994. Berea is a non-sectarian Christian liberal arts college in Berea, Kentucky, whose primary mission is to serve the economically disadvantaged youth of the Southern Appalachian region and beyond. He is the author of two books: Two Sacred Worlds: Experience and Structure in the World Religions and The Dark Lord: Cult Images and the Hare Krishnas in America.
Abstract of paper given at
Hinduism and Ecology conference:
Gandhian thought encompasses philosophy, religion, economics, and politics. Each of these disciplines can be brought to bear in assessing the current ecological crisis in India. Gandhi's teachings on living the simple life, practicing nonviolence, and holding to truth can serve to inform India's emerging ecological awareness.