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LCE “Fog and Light” Lecture Series Continues in February

LCE “Fog and Light” Lecture Series Continues in February

Date: Friday, January 21, 2022

The 2021-2022 Lectures in Catholic Experience’s (LCE) Fog and Light series continues online on February 16th at 2:00 p.m., featuring “What the Taliban and QAnon Have in Common: The Global Rise of Religious Nationalism”. The first of LCE’s 2022 lectures is followed with two in-person events planned to take place back on St. Jerome’s University’s (SJU) campus, with a live stream option available. “Religion and Nationalism Refuse to Die. So now what?” is taking place on March 25th at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed on April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. by End of Life Care and the Cost of Neglect”.


“I am pleased to welcome two wonderful speakers to join me for this half of our 2021-2022 LCE series,” noted LCE Coordinator, and Professor of Religious Studies at SJU, David Seljak, who is also the second speaker featured in this half of the series. “These two speakers are superstars in their respective fields.”
 

Mark Juergensmeyer
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The first lecture of the term, “What the Taliban and QAnon Have in Common: The Global Rise of Religious Nationalism”,  is being co-sponsored by the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) at the University of Waterloo. It features Mark Juergensmeyer, professor emeritus from the University of California, Santa Barbara, who is a frequent commentator in the news media, including CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, Fox News, and ABC’s Politically Incorrect. Juergensmeyer has published more than three hundred articles and thirty books, including God at War (2020), When God Stops Fighting: How Religious Violence Ends (2022), and the award-winning Terror in the Mind of God (4th ed, 2017). On February 16th he will argue that the global rise of right-wing religious neo-nationalism is part of a thirty-year assault on the secular state triggered by globalization and the erosion of secular national identities. The irony is that, although ideologically anti-global, these movements are themselves a part of the dynamics of globalization that is transforming the world.

 

“Our first lecturer, Mark Juergensmeyer, is an internationally recognized expert on religion, ideology, and violence. After the attacks of 9/11, no one was more sought after as a speaker on religiously inspired violence,” said Seljak.  

 

Following the Juergensmeyer lecture will be “Religion and Nationalism Refuse to Die. So now what?” on March 25th at 7:30 p.m.: the first lecture to take place back on the university’s campus, with a live stream option available. Speaker David Seljak, PhD examines the phenomenon of religious neo-nationalism against the background of the ethics of nationalism defined by Canadian Roman Catholic theologian Gregory Baum and in Pope Francis’s 2020 encyclical Fratelli Tutti.


“My lecture was originally scheduled as part of our 2019-2020 LCE series, but was cancelled due to the pandemic,” noted Seljak. “I am looking forward to seeing a live audience in the Vanstone Lecture Hall and to welcoming other guests online. We look forward to bringing the series back on campus, but will also offer a live stream option for the lectures in March and April for those who would like to join us remotely."  
 

Jose Pereira
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Seljak added that the lecturer that follows him is someone who has done more to promote compassionate palliative care than almost anyone in Canada. Dr. Jose Pereira, Director, Division of Palliative Care, in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University, Hamilton is a pioneer in palliative care. He has initiated several clinical, education and research programs across Canada and internationally. In the final lecture in the Fog and Light series taking place on April 22nd at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Pereira argues that there remain serious gaps in our patchwork system that leave too many Canadians without access to palliative care. Dr. Pereira discusses how we might end the cost of this neglect. The End of Life Care and the Cost of Neglect” lecture is being co-sponsored by SJU’s Master of Catholic Thought program and Hospice Waterloo Region

 

“We have been making our way through the fog in these uncertain times,” added Seljak. “These lectures offer us light to help move us forward. I hope you will join us.” 

 

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For more information about the upcoming Lectures in Catholic Experience, please visit the pages on this website dedicated to each of the upcoming events.
 

What the Taliban and QAnon Have in Common: The Global Rise of Religious Nationalism
Wednesday, February 16, 2:00 P.M. EST | Online
Find out more about the lecture here.
 

Religion and Nationalism Refuse to Die. So now what?
Friday, March 25, 2022, 7:30 PM  EST | In person on campus and live streamed.
Registration in advance required for those attending live presentation.
Find out more about the lecture here.
 

End of Life Care and the Cost of Neglect
Friday, April 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m. EST | In person on campus and live streamed.
Registration in advance required for those attending live presentation.

  Find out more about the lecture here.

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The Lectures in Catholic Experience has been providing opportunities to engage with the critical issues of our time, since 1982. Guest speakers have included scholars, activists, experts, and religious leaders to address subjects in the areas of religion and politics, spirituality, health care, international relations and human rights, ecological responsibility, religious pluralism, ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, religion and the media, and others.

 

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