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February 12, 2004

Religion lectures begin next week

The first of three public lectures on the topic of Religion, Conflict, and Violence: Exploring Patterns Past and Present, East and West will be presented next week.

Anthropology Professor Charles Keyes will speak on Monks, Guns, and Rice: Theravada Buddhism, Political violence, and Social Injustice at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 in 220 Kane. This is the annual Lecture in Religion and Contemporary Life,

The other two lectures in the series are in May. On May 12, Bruce Lincoln of the University of Chicago School of Divinity presents On Political Theology, Imperial Ambitions and Messianic Pretensions: Some Ancient and Modern Continuities. And on May 13, Ian Reader from Lancaster University in the U.K. presents From the Tokyo Subway to the Twin Towers: Rhetoric, Symbolism, and the Dynamics of Religious Terrorism, Both lectures are at 7:30 p.m. in 220 Kane.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsors include The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, The College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Near East Languages and Civilization, Comparative Religion Program, East Asia Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, China Studies, Japan Studies, Jewish Studies, Korean Studies, and generous private donors. For more information, call 206-543-4835.