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Chandler, Daniel Ross 1937-

CHANDLER, Daniel Ross 1937-

PERSONAL: Born July 22, 1937, in Wellston, OK; son of Ross Crawford (a teacher) and Vernie (a homemaker) Chandler. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: University of Oklahoma, B.S., 1959; attended Duke University, 1959–62, and University of Chicago, 1964–65; Purdue University, M.A., 1965; attended University of Southern California, 1966–67; Garrett Theological Seminary, B.D., 1968; Ohio University, Ph.D., 1969. Politics: Conservative Republican. Religion: "Universal religion (Hindu/Buddhist)." Hobbies and other interests: International travel, new age music, motion pictures, photography.

ADDRESSES: Home—1929 Sherman Ave., W1, Evanston, IL 60201; P.O. Box 953, Evanston, IL 60204; 83/226 Soi Sathorn 12, N. Sathorn Rd., Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.

CAREER: Writer. Minister of United Methodist Church; assistant minister of churches in Edmond, OK, 1957–58, Oxford, NC, 1959–60, and Durham, NC, 1960–62; Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, instructor and associate debate coach, 1965–66; Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, assistant professor of communication, 1969–70; State University of New York College at New Paltz, assistant professor of communication, 1970–71; City University of New York, New York, NY, assistant professor of communication, 1971–75, adjunct assistant professor, then adjunct associate professor, 1983–90; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, assistant professor of communication, 1976–83; Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, lecturer, 1991–93; Harold Washington College, Chicago, lecturer, 2002–03. Northeastern Illinois University, adjunct professor, 1974–75, 1994–95; New Brunswick Theological Seminary, adjunct professor, 1978–79; New York Institute of Technology, adjunct professor, 1985–89; Hofstra University, adjunct professor, 1985, 1990; State University of New York at Garden City, adjunct professor, 1986–90. Harvard University, visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School, 1972; Yale University, research fellow, 1974–78; Princeton Theological Seminary, visiting fellow, 1974–84; Boston University, visiting scholar, 1975; New School for Social Research, visiting scholar, 1976–77; Garrett Theological Seminary, visiting scholar, 1977; Humanist Institute, independent scholar, 1983–86; University of Chicago, research scholar at Divinity School, 1992–93; Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, visiting scholar, 1994–95; Northwestern University, visiting scholar, 1996; Theosophical Society, Chennai, India, visiting scholar at Adyar Library, 1998; visiting scholar at World Buddhist University and World Fellowship of Buddhists, 2001–04. Assistant minister of Methodist church in Chicago, 1965–66; interim minister for churches in Oklahoma, 1957–58, North Carolina, 1959–62; assistant pastor and interim minister at churches in Illinois, 1964–66, and New York, 1983–86. United Methodist Task Force on AIDS Ministries, member, 1986–91; Parliament of the World's Religions, member of planning board, 1991–93, and creator and coordinator of Academy for International Interdisciplinary Academic Conference.

MEMBER: Speech Communication Association (representative to National Coalition against Censorship, 1974–84; representative to Academic Freedom Clearinghouse of Coalition of Learned Societies, 1979–84; chair of Commission on Freedom of Expression, 1980–85; representative to Council of Communication Societies, 1983), Religious Speech Communication Association, Theosophical Society in America, National Association of Scholars, Vivekananda Vedanta Society, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Fellowship (affiliate member), Eastern Communication Association, Fulbright Association, Alumni Association of Harvard Divinity School, Pi Kappa Delta, Tau Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Rho.

AWARDS, HONORS: Masland fellow, Union Theological Seminary, 1975–76; civilian commendation for heroism, New York City Policy Department, 1981; appointed honorary Kentucky Colonel, 1983; Fulbright fellow in India, 1986; grant from Kern Foundation, 1998; grants from W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation and Plandome Veatch Fund.


The Reverend Dr. Preston Bradley, Exposition/Testament (New York, NY), 1971.

The Rhetorical Tradition, Kendall-Hunt (Dubuque, IA), 1978.

The History of Rhetoric, W. C. Brown (Dubuque, IA), 1990.

The 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions, Cyberspace (Fort Worth, TX), 1995.

Toward Universal Religion: Voices of American and Indian Spirituality, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1996.

Contributor to books, including U.S. Presidents as Orators, edited by Halford Ross Ryan, Praeger (New York, NY), 1995. Contributor of more than 100 articles and 350 reviews to periodicals, including Theosophist, Nexus, Journal of Communication and Religion, Liberalist, Asia Journal of Theology, Visva Bharati Quarterly, World Fellowship of Buddhists Review, World Faiths Encounter, and Quest. Book review editor, Religious Humanism, 1988–; member of editorial board, Religious Communication Today, 1982–85, Free Speech Yearbook, 1985–86, and Journal of Communication and Religion, 1985–91.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Outsiders: Speakers and Writers Who Influenced American Religion; Universal Religion: Some Exponents; compiling speeches of Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, founder and first president of Theosophical Society; a biography of Olcott tentatively titled The Human Quest for Spiritual Unity: A Life of Henry Steel Olcott; a biography of Sir Francis Younghusband.

SIDELIGHTS: Daniel Ross Chandler told CA: "The attached statement suggests answers. An urge to communicate is inherent with human nature, and we are inspired by nature's indescribable beauty and transformed through mystical experience. At the height of our intuitive experience, we apprehend a pervasive all-encompassing unity. If literature is necessary to understand and appreciate this experience, the classics of Hinduism and Buddhism are especially appropriate."

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