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Light and Dark: Religion in the Heart of Conflict Commencement Forum 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009
The School of Religion and The Transdisciplinary Studies Program at
Claremont Graduate University

is proud to present:


Commencement Forum 2009


Light and Dark: Religion in the Heart of Conflict

Four speakers, four perspectives

Friday, May 15, 2009; 2:30pm

Stauffer Hall’s Albrecht Auditorium (on the CGU campus)

925 N Dartmouth Avenue


Salman Ahmad

Sufi Music: For the Love of God

David Carrasco

 Say the Name: Lighting the Candle

James Carroll

The Catastrophe of God

Charles Long

Spectra of Time, Colors of Space



Dr. Salman Ahmad is a singer, songwriter, film presenter, author, teacher, doctor, and social activist. He is also a professor at Queens College (CUNY) where he teaches music and poetry from the Muslim culture. Ahmad, the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, has been quoted as an authority on issues regarding Muslim Americans, peace on the subcontinent, and bridge building between India and Pakistan.


Dr. David Carrasco presents his talk, "Say the Name: Lighting the Candle," which reflects on the Holocaust memoir which he helped bring to life, "Say the Name: A Survivor's Tale in Prose and Poetry," by Judith Sherman. Carrasco received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest recognition Mexico gives to a foreign national, for his extraordinary contributions in interpreting Mesoamerican and Mexican American cultural histories.


James Carroll, a Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University and a columnist for the Boston Globe, will give a talk titled, "The Catastrophe of God." He is a regular activist in on-going Jewish-Christian-Muslim encounters at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His op-ed page column has run weekly in the Boston Globe since 1992.


Dr. Charles Long will present a talk, "Spectra of Time, Colors of Space," which coincides with his background in history and culture, specifically about African religions in Africa and in the Atlantic world. Long also found the time during his lengthy career to have served on the faculties of fifteen universities. The UC Santa Barbara professor emeritus established the first curriculum for the study of religion in the College of the University of Chicago, and is one of the founders of the international journal, History of Religions.


For more information, please contact Lisa (909) 607-9592 Lisa.maldonado@cgu.edu

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