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Lecturer to Address Merits of Faith-Based Diplomacy

Daniel Philpott of the University of Notre Dame will discuss what religious traditions can offer political reconciliation in a May 20 lecture at UCR.

(May 1, 2009)

Daniel Philpott

Daniel Philpott

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Daniel Philpott, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss “After Atrocity: What Religious Traditions Have to Offer Political Reconciliation Today” in a lecture at the University of California, Riverside on Wednesday, May 20.

A reception will precede the lecture at 4:15 p.m. The lecture will begin at 4:40 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Building, room 1113 (the building south of Amy Harrison Field and across from the Arts Building). Parking is available in Lots 1 and 2. Purchase a parking permit for $5 from the kiosk at the West Campus Drive entrance to the campus.

Philpott’s address is cosponsored by the annual Forrest S. Mosten Lecture in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies and the Holstein Family Community Lecture, with support from the Religious Studies Department, the Program on Global Studies, and the University Honors Program.

“A distinctive feature of Dan’s work is its combination of scholarly investigation and activist engagement,” said June O’Connor, chair of the UCR Department of Religious Studies. “Dr. Philpott provides historical inquiry and interpretation together with on-the-ground efforts that aid reconciliation in divided societies.”

Philpott researches issues regarding the ways in which divided societies address past injustices, how transitional justice operates, how reconciliation of opponents occurs and how stability is envisioned and pursued. He is collaborating on a major study of global religion and politics based at Harvard University with a focus on the impact of religion on the politics of peace and reconciliation. He has spent time in Kashmir and Burundi, where he trains leaders in faith-based diplomacy.

“World religions, especially the Abrahamic traditions, offer a holistic notion of healing, justice, and reconciliation that are not so readily available in the secular western tradition of thought,” Philpott says. “In places where I have participated in and witnessed the work of reconciliation, including Kashmir, Burundi, the Philippines, and Colombia, this approach makes all the difference.”

Philpott is the author of “Revolutions in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped Modern International Relations” (Princeton University Press, 2001), and has published articles in World Politics, Ethics, Political Studies, Journal of International Affairs, and The National Interest.

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