Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski will speak at “A Seminar on Religion and Religious Extremism,” beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Forum of Shults Center on the campus of Nazareth College in Rochester.
Dobkowski, chair of the HWS Religious Studies Department; will be joined by Emil Homerin, professor and chair of the department of religion and classics at the University of Rochester.
This seminar, presented by the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, is expected to address issues of religion and the roots of extremism leading to a growing violence in the name of religion in the world. Speakers will examine the causes of extremism in religion and the apparent contradiction between the religious principles of spirituality, humbleness and the service of humanity, and what happens when some religious people tend toward violence.
Tom Donlin-Smith, Professor of Religious Studies at Nazareth College, will moderate the seminar, which is co-sponsored by Department of Religious Studies, the Center for Spirituality at Nazareth College, and the Nazareth College Undergraduate Lecture Committee.
Dobkowski, a member of the HWS faculty since 1976, holds a bachelor's, a master's and his doctoral degrees from New York University. He has participated four times in the Goldner Holocaust Symposium at Wroxton College in England, most recently in 2006; and in 1979 was a Fellow at the Institute for the Teaching of the Post-Biblical Foundations of Western Civilization at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received the New York University Ferdinand Czernin Prize in History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.