Week Four ::July 15–22

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Religion and Statecraft Today: The Soft Power of Global Peacemaking

Across the global community a shared consciousness is arising that can guide us towards a sustainable, healthy, and peaceful earth for humans and for all living beings.  Increasingly, interfaith traditions are promoting new paradigms for conflict transformation, understanding, and collaboration through promising practices, rituals, visions, and ideals.  In this we week will learn from organizations and individuals who are exploring and practicing these emerging paradigms for global peacemaking, reconciliation, and enhancing the quality of life. 

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2 p.m. Lectures


  • Monday, July 17, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Larry L. Greenfield

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    Larry L. Greenfield is executive director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the largest and the most historic convening organization of the interfaith movement, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Akbar Ahmed

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    Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C and the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland. He's a filmmaker, author of more than a dozen award-winning books, and travels throughout the country promoting peace through understanding.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 03:30pm

    “Journey into Europe” Screening

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    Ambassador Akbar Ahmed will be showing his documentary, “Journey into Europe” in the Hall of Christ following his 2 p.m. lecture in the Hall of Philosophy.

    Location: Hall of Christ


  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Dr. William F. Vendley

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    Dr. William F. Vendley is Secretary General of Religions for Peace International and a member of its World Council, which consists of 60 senior religious leaders from all continents.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Jan Love

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    Jan Love, dean of Candler School of Theology at Emory University since January 2007, is an internationally recognized leader in church and ecumenical arenas and a scholar of world politics, particularly issues of religion and politics, conflict transformation, and globalization.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Friday, July 21, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Daryl Weinert

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    In conversation, Daryl Weinert, chair of the board of trustees for Youth For Understanding (YFU) USA, and Michael Hill, former president of YFU and current president of Chautauqua Institution.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy