Contact: Roberta Cox

August 25, 2006

2006-2007 Tate-Willson Lectures

DALLAS — The 2006-2007 Tate-Willson Lectures at Southern Methodist University will be given by Professor Mark Juergensmeyer, director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology and affiliate professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The overall theme of Professor Juergensmeyer’s lectures is God and War. Lectures are scheduled as follows:

Monday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.: God in the Global Terror War
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 11:30 a.m.: The Odd Attraction of Religion and War

Mark Juergensmeyer

Professor Juergensmeyer is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution, and South Asian religion and politics. He has published more than three hundred articles and twenty books, including Religion in Global Civil Society (editor, Oxford University Press 2005) and Global Religions: An Introduction (editor, Oxford University Press 2003). His widely read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (University of California Press, revised edition 2003) is based on interviews with religious activists around the world. Since the events of September 11 he has been a frequent commentator in the news media, including CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, Fox News, ABC's “Politically Incorrect,” and CNBC's “Dennis Miller Show.”

The Tate-Willson Lectures were established in 1967 through a gift by Dr. and Mrs. J.M. Willson, Sr., and are named in honor of Willis M. Tate, SMU’s fifth president. They are presented under the auspices of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies of Southern Methodist University.

Both lectures will be given in Kirby Parlor, which is located on the main level of Kirby Hall, 5915 Bishop Boulevard, on the Southern Methodist University campus. The lectures are free and the public is invited. Parking will be available across Bishop Boulevard in the Meadows Museum garage.

Perkins School of Theology is one of five University-related official schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. The school was founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, now The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Church Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry degrees, as well as the Ph.D. in cooperation with SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.