John Holt

Affiliation: Religion, Asian Studies
William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of the Humanities in Religion and Asian Studies Emeritus

John Clifford Holt joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1978. He taught courses about Asian religious traditions, especially Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as courses on theoretical approaches to the study of religion. In 1982, he organized and founded the Inter-collegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program for a consortium of private liberal arts colleges, and in 1986 he became the first chair of Bowdoin's Asian Studies Program.

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  • PhD, History of Religions, University of Chicago
  • AM, History and Phenomenology of Religions with Distinction, Graduate Theological Union, University of California-Berkeley
  • AB (cum laude), History, Gustavus Adolphus College