Religious violence the focus of Frazee lecture

Mark JuergensmeyerMark Juergensmeyer, one of the world’s leading experts on religion, violence and conflict resolution, will present the annual Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion at Linfield College.

Juergensmeyer, professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present “The Global Rise of Religious Violence” on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Juergensmeyer, who is also the director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at UCSB, is the author of “Terror in the Mind of God,” originally published in 2000 and revised in 2003 in the aftermath of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Juergensmeyer has published more than 200 articles and 20 books on the role of religion in various social movements in South Asia, religion and politics in the modern world, Gandhi’s approach to conflict resolution and other topics. His most recent book is “Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State.” Among his many awards and honors, Juergensmeyer was elected as president of the American Academy of Religion, the most prestigious academic society of religious scholars in the United States.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion was established by friends and family in honor of Gordon G. Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion. The fund is used to underwrite an annual lecture under the auspices of the Linfield College Department of Religious Studies. The lecture is also sponsored by the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) at Linfield, designed to encourage the exchange of ideas across disciplines, promote civic engagement and pique intellectual curiosity through the exploration of thematic connections. This year’s PLACE theme is focused on “The Legacies of War.”

For more information, contact David Fiordalis, assistant professor of religious studies, at 503-883-2569,