Symposium: “Negotiating Religion Internationally” sponsored by the Lunbar Institute

The Lunbar Institute will be holding a symposium entitled “Negotiating Religion Internationally” on Friday, September 25th from 2pm to 4pm in the Tripp Commons at Memorial Union. The symposium will focus on the role of religion in international negotiations and feature several distinguished speakers:

Kjell Magne Bondevik is the former Prime Minister of Norway (1997-2000, 2001-2005) and founded the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights. He also a Luteran minister and the author of the book Et liv i spenning (A life of excitement/tension).

Thomas Loftus served as Ambassador to Norwayfrom 1993 to 1997. It was during his tenure that the Oslo Accords between the PLO and the State of Israel were signed. He has since served as the Sepcial Advisor to the Director of the World Health Organization, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights. He is the author of the book The Art of Legislative Politics.

David Morgan is a Professor of History, Religious Studies, and Middle East Studies at UW-Madison. He is the author of Medieval Persia, 1040-1797 and Mongols, the general editor for Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization, and a co-editor for The New Cambridge History of Islam.

Amaney Jamal is an Assistant Professor for Political Science at Princeton University. Her book Barriers to Democracy was awarded ‘Best Book in Comparative Democractization’ by the American Political Science Association (2008). She is also a co-editor for Race and Arab-Americans before and after 9/11.

Prime Minister Bondevik will speak on the initiative of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights that resulted in the Tehran Conference on “Religion in the Modern World” in October 2008. Ambassador Loftus will discuss the negotiations surrounding the Oslo Accords, which took place during his appointment. Professors Morgan and Jamal will offer their comments, followed by questions to the panelists from the audience.

The syposium has been undertaken in partnership between the Lunbar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions at UW-Madison and Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, U.S. Foundation. Additional support provided by the International Institute, UW-Madison, and the Center for Middle East Studies.