School co-sponsors sessions
on 'Religion and Politics of War'


From March 3-5 the School of Communications will co-host an international and interdisciplinary conference titled "Religion and Politics of War: Colonization and Globalization." Additional Elon University sponsors include the Asian Studies program, Truitt Center for Religous and Spiritual Life, the Office of International Programs, International Studies and the Department of Political Science. The sessions will be attended by scholars from universities in Finland, the UK, India and the United States.

Philosophers, theologians, political scientists and social scientists will address the main theme of the conference from interdisciplinary perspectives. Participating institutions will include the Fulbright Foundation, Ball State University, Barry University, Buffalo State College, Catholic University of America, Converse College, Drexell Univrsity, Duke University, East Carolina University, Eckerd College, Hindu University of America, Infinity Foundation, Mars Hill College, Minnesota State University, Montclair State University, Pfeiffer University, University of Exeter, University of Helsinki, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, State University of New York at Buffalo and the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Admission is free and the sessions are open to the public at the Carl Woods Center at Rhodes Stadium and at the McEwen 011 Theater in the lower level of the School of Communications. The complete program of events is listed below:

March 3
Carl Woods Center, Rhodes Stadium

10:15 a.m. Welcome by Larry Basirico, Dean of International Studies

Session 1
Chair: Anne Bolin, Elon University
10:25 a.m. - 11.35 a.m. "Globalization and Negative Theology," Tommi Lehtonen, University of Helsinki; "Beyond Tolerance: Domestic Reconstruction of Religions and World Peace," Umesh Gulati, East Carolina University; "Walking on the Moon: The Last Colonists and the Vanishing of the Palestinians," Steve Gallagher

Session 2
Chair: Richard Liebendorfer, Minnesota State University
11:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. "A New Framework for Understanding Religious Conflicts in the World," Rajiv Malhotra, Infinity Foundation.

Session 3
12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Chair: Anne Cassebaum, Elon University
"The Fundamentalist Threat," Paul S. Penner, State University of New York at Buffalo; "Public Reason, Secular Politics, and the Threat of an American Theocracy," Craig Matarrese Minnesota State University.

Session 4
1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Moderator: John Sullivan, Elon University
Roundtable session: Religion and Politics of War. Panelists: Paul Penner (SUNY-Buffalo); Craig Matarrese (Minnesota State University); Sandy Smith-Nonini (Elon University); Rudy Zarzar (Elon University); Elizabeth Agnew (Ball State University).

Session 5
Chair: Brian Digre, Elon University
3.40 p.m. - 5 p.m. "Conflict, Compassion and Human Nature: Insights from Reinhold Niebuhr and Marshall Rosenberg," Elizabeth Agnew, Ball State University; "My Daughter for a Television: Globalization and the Women of Cambodia," Nancy Janus, Eckerd College; "Globalization and New Imperialism," Janelle Wilson, Claremont Graduate School.

March 4
Carl Woods Center, Rhodes Stadium

Session 1
Chair: Paul Parsons, Elon University
10:00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. "Missionary Millenarianism and the Taiping Rebellion," Michael Lazich, Buffalo State College; "Peter Winch and Anthony Appiah: Traditional Religion vs. Western Science," Richard Liebendorfer, Minnesota State University; "The Metaphysics of Tolerance," Joel Wilcox, Barry University.

Session 2
Chair: Barbara Gordon, Elon University
11:35 a.m. - 2.10 p.m. "Abu Graib and Area Studies: Notes on Reserve Postcoloniality," Mark Driscoll, UNC, Chapel Hill; "The Effects of Mahabharat War on the Society Then and its Relevance for the Contemporary World" Melukote Sridhar, Hindu University of Orlando; "Derealizing Terror," Gordon Haist, University of South Carolina; "Nara-Narayana - Hindu Role Model on Companionship of Religion and War in the 'Monk-Warrior'," B.V. K. Sastry, Hindu University of Orlando; "The Courage of Conviction? Karma before the Epic War," Aditya Adarkar, Montclair State University.

Session 3
Chair: Richard McBride, Elon University
3:40 p.m. - 5 p.m. "A Sense of Place in a Globalized World," Laura Stivers, Pfeiffer University; "Monsanto the Colonizer: A Multinational Corporation Exploration," Robin Williams, Claremont Graduate University; "JerusalemÕs Churches in Perspective: How Palestianian Christians Identify Themselves in Relation to the Arab-Israeli Conflict as Well as to the Existing Status Quo," S. K. Kuruvilla, University of Exeter; "His Master's Voice - The Politics of Positioning Ramakrishna in the West," Ruprekha Chowdhury, University of California at Berkeley.

5 p.m . - "Moral Luck and Social Justice: John Locke meets the Bodhisattva," Owen Flanagan, Duke University.

March 5
McEwen Lower-Level Theater

Chair: Chandana Chakrabarti, Elon University
Session 1
9:30 a.m. - "Teaching Islamic Politics and Middle East Conflict," Joe Dunn, Converse College; "Destiny: Is it Manifest," Marc Mullinax, Mars Hill College; "Adaptation to the Chinese Environment," Xiaofan Li, The Catholic University of America; "Critical Concerns Regarding the U.S. International Studies in Higher Education Act of 2003," R.J. Magyar, Drexell University; "Gandhi and Morality of Violence," Umesh Gulati, East Carolina University; "Saint Patrick of Ireland," Geoffrey Moehl, Ashbury Theological Seminary, Orlando; "God and War: Esoteric Effects of the Mundane," Lynne Wedul, Elon University; "On the Thesis of Inner Bliss and Harmony as a Foundation for World Peace," Douglas Evan De Masters.



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