Conference Schedule



“Fostering Dialogues in Education, Ethics, and Non-Violent Peacebuilding:

Global Social and Religious Movements Today


Wednesday April 8, 2015

Department of Political Science, Morehouse College

12:00pm-1:30pm  Opening Panel

Peace & Conflict Studies: Religion, Politics, and Diplomacy


Gregory O. Hall, Morehouse College

Mustafa Sahin, The Atlantic Institute


  1. John A. Tures, LaGrange College

“Whirling Diversions” in Turkey

  1. Sait Yavuz, University of Houston

“Narratives of Religious Transformation in Anatolia: From Paganism to Islam “

III. Nurdin Kaparov, Osmania University, India

“How Hizmet Movement can promote #RespectfortheSacred?”

  1. Wm. Loyd Allen, Mercer University

“The Meeting of Saint and Sultan: The Symbolic Power for Peace in the Personal Encounter between Saint Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Kamil of Egypt”

Thursday April 9, 2015

African-American Hall of Fame (King Chapel 2nd Floor)

2:30pm-2:45pm   Opening Remarks

2:45pm-4:15pm   Plenary Panel

Ideas and Legacies: Understanding Civic and Religious Leaders


Mustafa Sahin, The Atlantic Institute


  1. Loye Ashton, Tougolo College

“Putting Gülen’s Teachings into Practice:  Understanding Hizmet as a Civil Society Nonviolent Peacebuilding Movement”

  1. Richard Penaskovic, Auburn University

“Peacebuilding in a Disordered World According to D. Ikeda & F. Gulen”

III. Victor A. Kramer, Georgia State University

“A Rule ‘for Beginners’: Benedict, Gandhi; Thomas Merton, and Martin Luther King, Jr.”

  1. James M. Dawsey, and Adam Wells, Emory & Henry College

“Walking in the Steps of Pope John XXIII, M.L. King, Jr. and Oscar Romero”

Friday April 10, 2015

African-American Hall of Fame (King Chapel 2nd Floor)

8:00am-9:00am   Registration and Refreshments

9:00am-9:15am   Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15am-11:00am  Panel I

Friday April 10, 2015

Debates on Global Ethics, Morality and Nonviolence: Methods and Concepts

Chair: Mansa Bilal Mark King, Morehouse University


  1. Donal Carbaugh, University of Massachusetts

“Three Dimensions for Cultivating Non-violence in Intercultural or Interfaith Dialogue”

  1. Renat Shaykhutdinov, Florida Atlantic University

“Religion and Nonviolent/Violent Action: Toward a General Theory”

III. Abdelwahab Hechiche, University of South Florida

“A Muslim Inter-Faith Itinerary and the Categorical Imperative of Tolerance”

  1. Ori Z. Soltes, Georgetown University

“Debate, Definition and Difficulty: Good, Evil, Ethics and Morality in the Abrahamic Traditions”

11:15am-1:00pm  Panel II

(Friday April 10, 2015)

African-American Hall of Fame (King Chapel 2nd Floor)

Peace & Conflict Studies: Contemporary Social and Political Issues

Chair: Renat Shaykhutdinov, Florida Atlantic University


  1. Sophia Pandya, California State University, Long Beach

“Hizmet, and the Challenges of Altruism and Peacebuilding in the US”

  1. A. Dilshod, East Tennessee State University

“The Nexus between Religion, Social Networking, and Collective Political Mobilization in Central Asia and the Caucasus”

III. James Hoesterey, Emory University

“Diplomacy, Soft Power, “Moderate Islam” in Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry”

  1. Jason Tatlock, Armstrong State University

“The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, the United Nations, and Non-governmental Organizations”

1:00pm-1:40pm   Lunch

1:40pm-2:00pm   Imam Abdullah Antepli, Faculty at Duke Divinity School and Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs, Duke University

Public Muslim Friday Prayer at Chapel Stage

2:00-3:30pm Panel III

Friday April 10, 2015

African-American Hall of Fame (King Chapel 2nd Floor)

Nonviolent Peacebuilding and Relief Activities: Challenges and Opportunities

Chair: Kipton Jensen, Morehouse College


  1. Peter Cohen, Clemson University

“Gandhi’s Satyagraha: A Paradigm for Religious Dialogue Leading to Peace”

  1. Anwar Alam, Zirve University, Turkey

“Gandhi and Gulen: Comparing their Views for Peace Building Exercises”

III. Jessica Rehman, University of California-Riverside

“Muslim Men on the Margins: Post-Genocide Cambodian Nation Building and Khmer Masculinities”

  1. Jigney Dorje Lama, Viswa-Bharati University, India

“Karuna (Compassion): Peacebuilding Through Compassion”

3:45pm-5:30pm   Panel IV

Friday April 10, 2015

African-American Hall of Fame (King Chapel 2nd Floor)

Challenges and Opportunities in Politics, Education and Society

Chair: Alexander Daniel Hamilton VI, Morehouse College

  1. Jelani Favors, Clayton State University

“Players and Pawns: Black College Presidents as Peacemakers and Social Agitators in the Jim Crow South”

  1. Mansa Bilal Mark King, Morehouse College and Imani Michelle Scott, PhD

“Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free

III. Robert N. Nash, Mercer University

“Roger Williams and The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution: God’s Sovereignty, Religious Freedom and the Path to Peace”

  1. Parvez Ahmed, University of North Florida

“Pluralism and Diversity in Islam”

5:30pm-5:45pm Closing Remarks

6:30pm-8:30pm Dinner (Invitation only)

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