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Lecture series on religion and politics starts, Sept. 25

A lecture series titled "The Crossroads of Religion and Politics" will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 25, with a talk on "Quakers and the Search for Pacifist Realism in the 20th Century." Each of the lectures are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in Roberston Hall, Bowl 016.

The opening talk will be given by J. William Frost, the Jenkins Professor of Quaker History and Research at Swarthmore College and the director of the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore. An expert on the Quakers, Frost has written extensively on the relationship of religion and war in the context of the Quaker society.

Five lectures are on the slate for the 2002-'03 academic year:

  • Oct. 9: Amina Wadud, associate professor of religion at Virginia Commonwealth University and expert on the subject of women in Islam and the influences of Islam in America. Wadud's lecture is titled, "Gender Justice: Through Qur'anic Hermeneutics and Beyond."
  • Oct. 23: Jane Carol Redmond, feminist theologian, social activist and minister will present "Catholic Women and Social Justice: A Transcontinental View." Redmond is the author of "Generous Lives: American Catholic Women Today."
  • Nov. 13: James Turner Johnson, professor of religion and associate member of the graduate department of political science at Rutgers University and author of "Just War and Jihad: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on War and Peace in Western and Islamic Traditions."
  • Feb. 6, 2003: Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Mission and World Christianity at Yale University and authority on Muslim-Christian relations. He is the author of numerous books on religious and historical subjects, including "Piety and Power: Muslims and Christians in West Africa."

    The lectures are being presented by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion . Since its inception in 1999, the series has brought academics, politicians and religious leaders to the campus to discuss the intertwinings of religion and politics.

    Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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