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Date: January 07, 2004

Religion and Conflict Focus of New UVic Lecture Series

To what extent do religious commitments exacerbate or shape conflict? That is the question that international scholars will answer during UVic’s upcoming lecture series on religion and conflict.

The United States Institute of Peace’s director of the religion and peacemaking initiative, Dr. David Smock, will give two lectures: “How Important is Religion as a Source of International Conflict?” on Saturday, January 17 from 2-4 p.m. and “Is Religious Peace-building an Oxymoron?” on Sunday, January 18 from 2-4 p.m.

Victoria lawyer Catherine Morris is a founding director of Peacemakers Trust, a Canadian non-profit organization for education and research in conflict resolution and peace-building. On Sunday, February 1 from 2-4 p.m. Morris will lecture on “Religious Dynamics in Conflict Resolution: The Helpful, the Harmful and the Hopeful.”

UVic English professor Dr. Patrick Grant is the author of two books on Northern Ireland, Breaking Enmities: Religion, Literature and Culture in Northern Ireland, 1967-97 and Hardened to Death: Literature, Rhetoric and Violence in Northern Ireland, 1968-98. On Sunday, February 8 from 2-4 p.m. Grant will present “Violence and Double Talk: Reflections on the Peace Process in Northern Ireland.”

Harvard Divinity School’s Dr. David Little is a professor of religion, ethnicity, and international conflict. He is also the author, with Scott W. Hibbard, of Islamic Activism and U.S. Foreign Policy. On Sunday, February 15 from 2-4 p.m. Little will give a lecture entitled “Religion, Terrorism and Human Rights.”

All lectures will be held on the UVic campus. They cost $16.05 each or $64.20 for all five lectures in the series. Pre-registration is required. To register call (250) 472-4747 or go to www.uvcs.uvic.ca/reginfo.cfm.

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