Hobart and William Smith Colleges is pleased to announce an upcoming symposium on Religion, Politics and Human Rights in Contemporary Asia. This symposium will address a range of human rights issues, from questions of religious freedom to ethnic conflict and the promise of democracy. It will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, in the Geneva Room. All are welcome to attend.
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), a Fulbright visiting specialist at Wells College, will be the discussant for the symposium.
The symposium is co-sponsored by the provost's office and the Young Memorial Trust.