GENEVA, N.Y — Mark Juergensmeyer will speak on “Why Guys Throw Bombs: The Role of Gender in Religious Violence,” on Nov. 18, as the concluding speaker in this fall's Fisher Center Series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
His talk, the conclusion of the series focusing on Gender, Religion and Politics,will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Juergensmeyer is director of Global and International Studies and Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics. Since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, he has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, Fox News, ABC's Politically Incorrect, and CNBC's Dennis Miller Show.
His talk will focus on gender in religion and violence, with specific reference given to gender issues in the insurgency in Iraq.
Juergensmeyer's concern is with public acts of violence at the turn of the century for which religion has provided the motivation, the justification, the organization, and the world view. His questions focus on why these acts of violence are often associated with religious causes and what — in this current historical moment — prompts their frequency.
Juergensmeyer is the author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence; The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State; Gandhi's Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution; Global Religions: An Introduction; and, Religion in Global Civil Society.
There will be no roundtable discussion the next morning.
Lesley Adams will oversee the Center while Betty Bayer is on sabbatical.