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Religion, Politics and Human Rights in Contemporary Asia

Religious freedom, ethnic conflict and the promise of democracy will be topics of discussion

(Oct. 25, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.—Hobart and William Smith Colleges announces a symposium featuring four speakers who will discuss religion, politics and human rights in contemporary Asia, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges campus. This symposium will address a range of human rights issues, from questions of religious freedom to ethnic conflict and the promise of democracy. The event is free and the public is invited.

Speakers include:
–Fulbright Visiting Scholar Nur Fadhil Lubis (from the State Institute of Islamic Studies, Medan, Indonesia) will speak on “The Implementation of Shar'ia (Islamic Law) in a Democratizing Country: An Indonesian Experience.”

–Birty Gajameragedara, Fulbright scholar in residence from Sri Lanka, will speak on “Towards a Negotiated Settlement of the Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: Some Fundamentals.”

–Jinghao Zhou, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures, will address “Communist Politics and the Role of Christianity in China.”

–Nadia Al-Baghdadi, from the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, who is a Fulbright visiting specialist at Wells College, will be the discussant for the symposium. Al-Bagdadi is a specialist in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies of the modern period. She earned her D.Phil. in Islamic studies at the Free University in Berlin. Her main field of research focuses on modern socio-cultural history, literature, religion and print culture in the Arab world.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the provost's office and the Young Memorial Trust. For more information please contact Richard Salter, assistant professor of religious studies, at (315) 781-3370.

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