The conference will illuminate the way in which historical and contemporary religions have contributed, and still contribute, to questions of conflict and peace. While the conference will demonstrate the hope for peace to society at large, it will also deepen the academic understanding of the problem of the dialogue between civilizations and religions.

Religion: Peace and Conflict (
April 11, 2005)

James Madison University, Taylor Hall 404

Conference Schedule


8:45 a.m.        Opening Remarks

                      Sushil Mittal, Mahatma Gandhi Center, James Madison University


9:00 a.m.        Welcoming Remarks

                      Douglas Brown, Provost, James Madison University


9:15 a.m.       "The Virtue of Nonviolence"

                      Nick Gier, University of Idaho


10:15 a.m.     "Muslim Perspectives on War and Peace"

                      Ayse Kadayifci, American University


11:30 a.m.     "A Christian Pacifist Perspective on War and Peace"

                      Ted Grimsrud, Eastern Mennonite University


12:30 p.m.      Lunch Break


1:45 p.m.       "Jewish Perspectives on War and Peace"

                      Shalom L. Goldman, Emory University

2:45 p.m.       "Buddhist Perspectives on War and Peace"

                      Sallie King, James Madison University

4:00 p.m.       "Hindu Perspectives on War and Peace"

                      K. R. Sundararajan, St. Bonaventure University

5:00 p.m.       "Considering Gandhi's Jesus"

                      Mark Bredin, St. John's College, Nottingham, United Kingdom


6:00 p.m.        Closing Remarks

                      William J. Hawk, Philosophy and Religion, James Madison University

Admission to the conference is free and open to the public.
Support for the conference is provided in part by JMU College of Arts and Letters, College of Education, General Education Program, Interdisciplinary Programs, Office of International Programs, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dining Services.

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