Buruma to deliver three lectures on democracy and religion
Posted October 27, 2008; 03:57 p.m.
"No Divine Right: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents" is the title of a series of lectures to be presented at 8 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, in McCosh 10.
Ian Buruma, the Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College, will address not only differences between Europe and America, but also the conflict between Islam and secularism in "Eurabia," a term used to describe a Europe that some believe is being transformed into a cultural and political appendage of the Arab/Muslim world.
Buruma has been cultural editor of The Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong (1983-86) and foreign editor of The Spectator in London (1990-91). He has been a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and St. Antony's College at Oxford University, and senior visiting fellow at the Remarque Institute at New York University. From 2000 to 2004 he was chair of the Humanities Centre at the Central European University in Budapest.
In 2008 Buruma won the Erasmus Prize, a Dutch award for contributions to European culture, and the Shorenstein Journalism Award. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and The Guardian, among other publications. He also is the author of numerous books including "Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies," with Avishai Margalit (2004), "Conversations With John Schlesinger" (2006) and "Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance" (2006), which won the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Current Interest Book, and a novel, "The China Lover" (2008). He has taught at Bard College since 2003.
Buruma's lectures are sponsored by the Stafford Little Fund of the University Public Lecture Series and the Princeton University Press.