Robin Sahaya Seelan, S.J., Appointed to MacLean Chair
Monday, February 13, 2017
by Elizabeth Krakoviak ’17
The Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences has named philosopher Robin Sahaya Seelan, S.J., as the Donald I. MacLean, S.J., Chair for the 2017 calendar year.
A native of Tamilnadu, India, Fr. Seelan comes to SJU after serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Loyola College in Chennai, India, for the past five years. He has previously taught at Arrupe College in Harare, Zimbabwe and at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, the national philosophate in Pune, India. He teaches the course The Philosophy of Religion at SJU.
“My chief academic interests currently are in the areas of inter-religious dialogue, peace, interculturality and subaltern issues,” says Fr. Seelan. “In the land I come from, and in my own observations, the relevance of religion is not lost and its influences continue to affect many aspects of human life. If religion and culture interact in an in-depth way, a world of peace and harmony will be the happy result.”
The Donald I. MacLean, S.J., Chair is held by members of the Society of Jesus who are accomplished teachers and scholars in the arts and sciences. Established in 1987 through the generosity of lead donors Michael J. Morris ’56, Joseph McKinney ’52 (dec.) and the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s, it is intended to emphasize that the University’s Jesuit identity is inseparable from the finest teaching, scholarship and collegiate discourse. The chair is named in honor of the University’s 24th president.
Fr. Seelan will hold a lecture on April 6 at 11 a.m. on the topics of hospitality, diversity, and identity. The location will be announced at a later date.