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Tolerance and Violence in the Mind of God Speaker Series

Library Resources for Tolerance and Violence in the Mind of God Speaker Series

About the Series

The Library is pleased to present a listing of valuable works from each of the speakers presenting in this speaker series.  Click on the name of the speaker to the left to access their resources.  Please contact Carolyn Caffrey Gardner or Wendy Vermeer with any questions concerning the resources listed here.

The speaker series, across February, March, and April, 2017, will address topics and questions such as these, evoked by Professor Juergensmeyer in the introduction to his widely-read book, Terror in the Mind of God:

  • Religion seems to be connected with violence virtually everywhere. The September 11, 2001 assaults in New York and Washington were only the most spectacular of a series of bloody religious incidents. In recent years, religious violence has erupted among right-wing Christians in the United States, angry Muslims and Jews in the Middle East, quarreling Hindus and Muslims in South Asia, and indigenous religious communities in Africa and Indonesia. Like the activists associated with Osama Bin Laden, the individuals involved in these cases have relied on religion to provide political identities and give license to vengeful ideologies.

  • We seek to understand what Juergensmeyer calls “this dark alliance between religion and violence.” 

  • Religion is crucial for these acts, says Juergensmeyer, since it gives moral justifications for killing and provides images of cosmic war that allow activists to believe that they are waging spiritual scenarios. This does not mean that religion causes violence, nor does it mean that religious violence cannot, in some cases, be justified by other means. But it does mean that religion often provides the mores and symbols for catastrophic acts of terrorism.

Events and Locations

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - "What’s God Have to Do With It?  The Odd Connection Between Religion and Violence"

  • With Dr. Juergensmeyer
  • Library 5th Floor South
  • Lecture: 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Reception: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - "Justifying Violence in a Buddhist World"

  • With Dr. Michael Jerryson
  • Library 5th Floor South
  • Reception:  2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Lecture:  2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 -  Dr. Larycia A. Hawkins

  • Extended Education Auditorium - EE1213
  • Reception: 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Lecture: 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - "The Commodification of Hate"

  • With Najeeba Syeed
  • Library 5th Floor South
  • Reception: 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Lecture: 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.