Monday, October 10, 2005

terrorism, religion, and diplomacy

Lexington Theological Seminary Invites You to...
The 2005 Paul S. Stauffer Lectures
"Religion and International Politics"
Thursday, October 13 - 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Dr. John D. Stempel
Senior Professor of International Studies
Patterson School of Diplomacy, University of Kentucky

About Dr. Stempel...He is Senior Professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and was director of the school from 1993-2003. He came to the University of Kentucky following a 24-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, which included an assignment in Iran from 1975-79 before/during/after Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic Fundamentalist revolution. There, he was deputy chief of the political section, later acting political counselor.

DR. JOHN D. STEMPEL will give two lectures on the theme "Religion and International Politics," discussing the rising and now critical importance of religious issues in the world since the end of World War II.
The first lecture at 11 AM will focus on "Religion And Diplomacy." Dr. Stempel will discuss how religion and diplomacy interact, both for good and bad. Religion is the basis for good values on one hand and is also the driving force behind terrorism. In terms of the ultimate goal of a peaceful world, diplomacy has something to offer religion as well.
The second lecture at 7 PM will discuss "Religion, Politics, and Terrorism." Here Stempel will analyze the religious basis for terrorism, as well as the ways religion can both warp and clarify issues. This will draw on his experience in the Middle East with Islamic fundamentalism, and in India with Hindu fundamentalism. What constructive ideas do religions offer for dealing with such problems?

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