Fall Colloquium 2015 Schedule

Day 1


7:30-8:00      Registration, Coffee and large breakfast (come hungry!!)


8:00-8:15       Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary


8:15-8:45    Religion, Rhetoric and Violence (Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara)
8:45-9:00       Questions

Presentations (Moderator: John McGuckin, Union Theological Seminary)
9:00- 9:20  How can history inform our future? (Hossein Kamaly, Barnard College)
9:20-9:30  Questions

9:30-9:50  The history of Christianity in Iraq and Syria (Sidney Griffith, Catholic University)
9:50-10:00 Questions

Roundtable Discussion (Moderator: John McGuckin, Union Theological Seminary)
10:00-10:30 (Juergensmeyer, Kamaly, Griffith)



Presentations: 11-1  Moderator Joshua Ralston, University of Edinburgh)
11:00-11:20   Public religion in relation to the Ideology of the Islamic State (Thomas F. Farr, Georgetown University)
11:20-11:30   Questions

11-1  Presentations: Moderator Joshua Ralston, University of Edinburgh)
11:00-11:20   Public religion in relation to the Ideology of the Islamic State (Thomas F. Farr, Georgetown University)
11:20-11:30   Questions

11:30-11:50   Conversion without Contact: Lone Wolf terrorists (Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Law Center)
11:50-12:00   Questions

12:00-12:20 Theologies and the Generation of ‘Savagery’ in Post occupation Iraq (Muhsin al-Musawi, Columbia University)
12:20-12:30 Questions

Roundtable Discussion (Moderator Joshua Ralston)
12:30-1:00 (Farr, Beirich, al-Musawi)

Lunch (will be provided, do not leave)

Lunch Time Speaker: 1:30-2:00
The End of Religious Violence: The Rise of International Law
Scott Tenner, MD, MPH, JD, State University of New York


Presentations (Moderator: John Thatamanil, Union Theological Seminary)
2:00-2:20      Fatal Subjectivities: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Historical Justifications of Violence (Patrick Ryan, Fordham University)
2:20-2:30    Questions

2:30-2:50       The Impact of the Islamic State on religious and ethnic communities in Iraq and Syria (Eliza Griswold, New York Times, Columbia)
2:50-3:00       Questions

3:00-3:20      Role of Islamic Law in the modern Muslim world (Najam Haider, Barnard College)
3:20-3:30      Questions

Roundtable Discussion

3:30-4:00   (Ryan, Griswold, Haider)



Presentations (Moderator: Union President Serene Jones)
4:30-4:50  Islam and Democracy (or Cosmopolitanism) (Ali Mirsepassi, NYU)
4:50-5:00 Questions
5:00-5:20  Democracy on the Decline in Egypt: Why Democracy is the Antidote to Terror (Dalia Fahmy, LIU)
5:20-5:30 Questions
5:30-5:50 Pious Pedophiles (Jessica Stern, Harvard University)
5:50-6:15 Round Table (Mirsepassi, Fahmy, Stern)

Closing Talk

6:15-6:45  Reaching across the divide: An Imam’s Perspective (Khalid Latif, NYU)

Saturday, October 3, 2015


8:00-9:00   Breakfast
Presentations (Moderator, Jessica Stern, Harvard University)
9:00-9:20    Understanding Jihad (David Cook, Rice University)
9:20-9:30    Questions

9:30-9:50      European Identity, Islam, and the Refugee Crisis Joshua Ralston, University of Edinburgh)
9:50-10:00   Questions

10:00-10:20 The response of international organizations to the humanitarian crisis in communities affected by the Islamic State   (Edward Clancy, Aid to the Church in Need)
10:20-10:30 Questions

10:30-1050 Middle Eastern responses to refugees from religious violence (Elizabeth Ferris, Brookings Institute)
10:50-11:00 Questions

Roundtable (Moderator, Jessica Stern, Harvard University)
11:00-11:30  (Cook, Ralston, Clancy, Ferris)

Lunch (will be provided)

Lunch Time Speaker 12-12:30
The Real face of the Humanitarian crisis in Syria
Zaher Sahloul, MD
President Syrian American Medical Association

12:30-1:00 How should the international community respond to systematic violence against civilians in the Middle East?(Leonard Rubenstein, John’s- Hopkins
1:00-1:15  Questions



Constructing Practical Solutions to Mitigate Religious Violence (moderator: Nina Shea)
1:30-1:50 The Grim state of Christianity in Iraq (Joseph Kassab)
1:50-2:00 Questions

2:00-2:20 The deadliest place in the world for Christians – Nigeria (Emmanuel Ogebe, US Nigeria Law Group)
2:20-2:30 Questions

2:30-2:50 Taking responsibility for suffering in Iraq and Syria (Johnnie Moore)
2:50-3:00 Questions


3:00-3:30  (RubensteinKassab, Ogebe, Moore)



4:00-4:30 Religious Violence  and Challenge of Peace Building in Pakistan (James Channan, Peace Center, Lahore Pakistan)
4:30-5:00 Questions