Art is checking off items on his bucket list. He's visited 25 countries with his wife and kids. His "done" list includes the Great Wall, Taj Majal, Tikal Mayan pyramids in Guatemala, Parthenon, Mycenae, Coliseum, Vatican, Eiffel Tower, Stonehenge, and the Outer Hebrides. He's ridden the night train from Moscow to St Petersburg, climbed on a glacier in Alaska, dove the Caribbean, and caught a marlin in Puerto Rico. He's seen grizzlies in Alaska, big horn sheep while hiking in the Rockies, elk while hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and alligators while canoeing the Okefenokee Swamp. He's also canoed the Boundary Waters, rambled in the Himalayas, and viewed three 1-horned rhinos from the back of an elephant in West Bengal. He's been to the Super Bowl and the Final Four (twice), watched cremations at dawn on the Ganges, and ridden around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 180 mph. He saw Tiger Woods at St Andrews in 2000 when he was winning the Tiger Slam. And yes, he was at Live Aid in Wembley Stadium in 1985.
Art Farnsley is Research Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Senior Research Fellow of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. He is also "data evangelist" for The Association of Religion Data Archives and Research Director of Religion and Urban Culture 2.0. From 2007-2016 he was Executive Officer of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He has had roughly $11 million in grant funding for his research.