UNT Peace Symposium

Friday, March 25, 2011 - 8:00pm

March 25, 2011 - 3-7 PM
Peace Symposium will feature a known scholar on peace and Sufi music

Dr. Ori Soltes of Georgetown University will speak on “Mysticism and Peace: Weaving a Common Thread Across World Religions,” as part of the UNT Peace Symposium on March 25 (Friday). The symposium will focus on finding commonalities in world religions and cultures. The event begins at 3 p.m. in the UNT Union Lyceum.

The scholarly and colorful program will feature a keynote presentation, a panel discussion on the topic and a breathtaking performance of South Asian Sufi music. Students will participate in the program to write research papers for their classes.

“Soltes is a known scholar who has published more than 180 articles on common themes in world cultures and religions, especially Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. Also a prolific speaker on the Middle Eastern issues, he currently teaches theology, philosophy and art history at Georgetown University” said program organizer, Qaisar Abbas, Assistant in the College of Education.

A panel discussion will follow Soltes’ lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. In addition to Soltes, the discussion will feature Dr. George James, UNT associate professor of philosophy and religion studies; Dr. Masood Raja, UNT assistant professor of English; and Pravrajika Brahmaprana, associated with the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas. Dr. Mitch Land, interim dean of UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism, will moderate the panel discussion. Following the discussion, a performance featuring Sufi music will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In addition to the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity that sponsored the Peace Symposium, the program is also partially funded by the College of Education, Contemporary Arab & Muslim Cultural Studies Institute, Division of Equity and Diversity, Peace Studies Program and Jewish Studies program. South Asian snacks will be served during the break.

For more information, contact the progam organizer, Dr. Qaisar Abbas, at qaisar.abbas@unt.edu or at 940-565-2523