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Georgetown professor to discuss world religions at Peace Symposium

Ori Soltes, guest speaker, Georgetown UnivOri Soltes, right, professorial lecturer at Georgetown University, will speak on Mysticism and Peace: Weaving a Common Thread Across World Religions, as part of the UNT Peace Symposium March 25 in the University Union, Lyceum. The symposium will focus on finding commonalities in world religions and cultures.

"The scholarly and colorful program will feature a keynote presentation, a panel discussion on the topic and an breathtaking performance of South Asian Sufi music," said organizer Qaisar Abbas, assistant dean in the College of Education. Students will participate in the program to write research papers for their classes.

The free event includes:

  • Soltes presentation, 3 p.m.
  • Panel discussion, 4-5 p.m.
  • Sufi music performance, 5:30-7 p.m.

Soltes has published more than 180 articles on common themes in world cultures and religions, especially Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. Also a prolific speaker on the Middle Eastern issues, he currently teaches theology, philosophy and art history.

The panel discussion will feature Soltes, plus George James, associate professor of philosophy and religion studies; Masood Raja, assistant professor of English; and Pravrajika Brahmaprana, resident minister of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas. Mitch Land, interim dean of the Mayborn School of Journalism, will moderate.

The program is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity, and is also partially funded by the College of Education, Contemporary Arab & Muslim Cultural Studies Institute, Division of Equity and Diversity, Peace Studies Program and Jewish Studies program.

South Asian snacks will be served.


Posted on: Wed 09 March 2011

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