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.
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.
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:
Woods Center, Rhodes Stadium
10:15 a.m. Welcome by Larry Basirico, Dean of International Studies
Anne Bolin, Elon University
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
Chair: Richard Liebendorfer, Minnesota State University
a.m. - 12:15 p.m. "A New Framework for Understanding Religious Conflicts
in the World," Rajiv Malhotra, Infinity Foundation.
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.
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).
Chair: Brian Digre, Elon University
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.
Carl Woods Center, Rhodes Stadium
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.
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.
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.
Chair: Chandana Chakrabarti, Elon University
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.