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Richard Hyde
United States

Bio: My Ph.D. is in American Religion and Public Life from the Graduate Theological Union and university of California, Berkeley. While there I was a teaching assistant for Huston Smith, renowned expert on the religions of the world. I also have a master's degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where I studied with historians Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May. My book-in-progress is “American Acropolis: The West End of the National Mall in Washington,” in which I show that the American capital has borrowed the domes and pillars of ancient sacred buildings and used them to lend sanctity and legitimacy to a new order; not just a new government, but a new way of life, a new way of seeing and being in the world. I have practiced yoga for over forty years and have studied with some of the world's great movement educators, Vin Marti, Gabrielle Roth and Anna Halperin. I teach a movement practice called "Bend, Stretch and Breathe." I like to add stretching, breathing and meditating components to the tours I lead of Washington, DC. I also write “In Search of a Sense of Place,” a series of essays that focus on the city of Washington, how it looks and feels at different times of year, as well as other American places. I write about public Washington, the buildings, the monuments, the public spaces, the natural places, like Louis Halle did in 1945, in his classic Spring in Washington.

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