Talks on violence, sacred texts slated - Catholic Courier

Talks on violence, sacred texts slated

Nazareth College in Pittsford will host a Sacred Texts and Human Contexts symposium July 29-31.

The symposium will bring together international scholars who will make presentations on how religions have throughout history viewed and interpreted their sacred texts regarding violence.

Keynote speakers include:

• Bruce Hoffman, professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, author of Inside Terrorism, who will speak on “Understanding the Evolving Terrorism Threat Landscape.”

• Kathy Kelly, who has lived in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua, who will speak on “Religion, Violence, and (De)legitimatization.”

• Sheik Ghassan Manasra, an International Executive Director, Abrahamic Reunion Peacebuilder and scholar, who will present “The Abrahamic Reunions Multifaith Peacebuilding: Religion as a Force for Peace.”

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