23 Facts About Ainslie Embree


Ainslie Thomas Embree was a Canadian Indologist and historian.

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Ainslie Embree was considered a leading scholar of modern Indian history and played a seminal role in the introduction of South Asian studies into US college and secondary education curricula.

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Ainslie Embree has been described as a "tireless advocate for greater understanding between the US and India" who was known for his seminal insights into the complex relationship of religion and nationalism that have influenced religious scholarship in this country.

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Ainslie Embree was born in the small village of Sunnyside, near Port Hawkesbury, on the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he spent his childhood.

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Ainslie Embree was one of 5 children born to Ira Thomas Embree and his wife, Margaret.

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Ainslie Embree was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Canada in 1946, and subsequently was awarded a fellowship to pursue advanced studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

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Ainslie Embree worked as an advisor for returning veterans and secretary of the Maritime Provinces Christian Students Association while his wife earned her Diploma in Education.

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In 1957, Ainslie Embree was offered a position at Columbia University, to work with the noted sinologist Wm.

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Ainslie Embree remained at Columbia University for most of his academic career, apart from an appointment to the history faculty at Duke University.

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Ainslie Embree chaired the history department and served in a number of other administrative posts at Columbia, including Acting Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs.

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Ainslie Embree returned to India frequently for study trips, and for two years served as Cultural Counselor in the US Embassy at Delhi during the administration of US President Jimmy Carter.

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Ainslie Embree retired in 1991, but continued to write and teach at Columbia, Brown University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Ainslie Embree was active in the Asia Society in New York, with a special interest in promoting the study of South Asia in American schools and colleges.

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Ainslie Embree evaluated the Ford Foundation's cultural programs in India, Thailand, and Indonesia.

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Ainslie Embree led a delegation of American scholars of South Asia for the Ford Foundation to China to assess areas of possible scholarly collaboration between India, China, and the United States.

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Ainslie Embree was a fellow of Saint Antony's College of the University of Oxford.

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Professor Ainslie Embree has authored Imagining India: Essays on Indian History, Utopias in Conflict: Religion and Nationalism in India, and India's Search for National Identity.

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Ainslie Embree has contributed chapters to many books on India and Southern Asia.

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At Columbia, Ainslie Embree helped develop a broad-based study program on Asia and integrated Indian and Asian studies into the Columbia College Core Curriculum.

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Ainslie Embree served on committees of many other institutions dealing with South Asia, including the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Library of Congress, and the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

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Ainslie Embree was an active member of the Kashmir Study Group and the Council on Foreign Relations, and was a member of the Columbia University Society of Senior Scholars.

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Ainslie Embree was the President of the Taraknath Das Foundation, which awards fellowships to Indian students doing graduate studies in American universities.

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Ainslie Embree was awarded multiple citations and honorary degrees, including an honorary Doctor of Letters from Columbia University in 2009.

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