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Jr. (Spring 1970), lewis p. goldstein (1970–
1972), a. tennyson Williams Jr. (1971–1975),
ralph causby (1973–1974), laura V. rouzan
(1975–1980), fred n. mclean (1975–1977),
linda edwards early (Spring 1977), John
sneden (Spring 1977), mae Jean go (1980–
1983), John steele (1980–1983), david cratis
Williams (1982– ), todd a. Wronski (1982– ),
John a. comas (Spring 1982), and david a.
solomon (Spring 1982).
In the words of balkrishna govind gokhale
(B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Bombay), appointed Profes-
sor of History and Asian Studies in 1960 and the
author of a History of the Department of Asian
Studies, the Asian Studies Program was estab-
lished in 1960 as “an interdisciplinary venture
involving the cooperation and resources of sev-
eral departments in the humanities and social
sciences. Its objective was to broaden the Univer-
sity’s traditional curriculum with the infusion of
a systematic knowledge and understanding of
Asian cultures.”
Professor Gokhale was Director of the Program,
taught such courses as the History of India and
the History and Civilization of Southeast Asia,
and inspired colleagues from several departments
to do research and write articles in Asian topics.
He himself was an impressively productive
scholar, writing three books during the sixteen
years of the Scales administration: Buddhism
in Maharashtra: A History; Surat in the Seven-
teenth Century: A Study in Urban History of Pre-
Modern India; and Bharatavarsha: A Political
and Cultural History of India (his tenth book).
He was also editor of Images of India, and he
frequently presented scholarly papers in this
country and in Europe and Asia. (See page 79.)
The Asian Studies Program also brought other
scholars, artists, and performers to the campus,
usually for a few days. One especially distin-
guished visitor was in residence at Wake Forest on
several different occasions: maung htin aung
(B.A., Rangoon; LL.B., LL.M., London; B.A., LL.B,
Queens’ College, Cambridge; M. Litt., Ph.D.,
Trinity College, Dublin; LL.D., Rangoon, Johns
Hopkins, Vidyodaya University of Ceylon). His
first semester-long visit was in 1965, and he
subsequently taught at the University, as Visiting
Professor, in 1967–1968, in the spring of 1971,
and in 1975–1976, In 1970 he received from Wake
Forest the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
(See page 173.)
beena b. gokhale on occasion taught Hindi
(see “The Department of Romance Languages”),
and in the fall of 1974 Jayashree b. gokhale
was Instructor in Asian Studies.
the asian studies program
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