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Thursday, February 14
Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: Crossroads of Religion and Politics
Lunchtime discussion with Alessandra L. González, John Jay College.

Dr. González is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at John Jay College, CUNY. In 2011, Dr. Alessandra L. González became a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Studies of Religion at Baylor University in central Texas. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Sociology from Baylor University and received a B.A. in Sociology and Policy Studies from Rice University. She is the principal investigator of the Islamic Social Attitudes Survey Project (ISAS), a study in conjunction with Baylor’s Institute for the Studies of Religion (ISR) on Islamic Religiosity and Social Attitudes, including Women’s Rights Attitudes in the Arab Gulf Region. She has forthcoming book chapters in “Women’s Encounter with Globalization” (Frontpage Publications) and “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), publications in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, and an op-ed on Islamic Feminism in the Dallas Morning News. She has presented her research at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy’s Conference on “The Rights of Women in Islam,” the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, the Dialogue of Civilizations Conference hosted by the Institute for Interfaith Dialogue in Houston, the Gulf Research Conference at the University of Exeter, and various other academic settings. Her latest book manuscript is Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics and Paradoxes (forthcoming 2013, Palgrave Macmillan Press).
Robertson Hall, Bowl 015  ·  12:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m.
Becoming Human: Community, Compassion, Conflict and the Inference of Religion in Human Evolution
Over the last two million years members of the genus Homo (humans) underwent significant changes in brains, bodies, and behavior and created a new niche, a new way of being in the world. A primary characteristic of this niche is an obligate interdependence where being in community with one another is fundamental to our flourishing. In this talk Professor Fuentes leads us through an up-to-date assessment of the last two million years of human evolution and highlights the processes of community, compassion, conflict and perhaps religion, as central components along the road to becoming human.
TBA  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.