BETHANY, W.Va. â€‘ The Bethany College Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness will host an international conference on Terrorism, Pacifism and the Culture of War Nov. 8-10 at the College.
“Terrorism is obviously a very relevant issue nationally and internationally,” said conference director Dr. Chandara Chakrabarti.
“This conference will have presentations by philosophers, theologians, anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists. We’re very excited about that. With so many people coming from so many places, we will be taking an interdisciplinary look at the issue of terrorism and non-violent ways of dealing with it.”
Presenters from colleges and institutions as far away as Oregon and California will be coming to Bethany to participate in the event. There will also be an international presence with presenters from universities in India, South Korea, Japan, France and Canada.
Chakrabarti, who came to Bethany from Elon (N.C.) University over the summer, earned her doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has done post-doctoral work at Notre Dame and the Australian National University.
In addition to her new role as Director of Bethany’s Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness, Chakrabarti is also Vice President for the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion, Associate Editor for the Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion and Director of the Internship Program for the United Religions Initiative’s Pilgrimage Project.
This will be the 73rd national or international conference she has conducted. Papers presented at the conference will be submitted for publication.
“Terrorism isn’t the only violence we’re dealing with as part of our daily lives,” said Chakrabarti. “The violence has now spread to school campuses, such as the tragedy at Virginia Tech. I’m sure that’s another issue that will be addressed at the conference.”
The three-day event gets under way with an evening session on Nov. 8 and continues with multiple sessions on Nov. 9-10 in the Academic Parlour at the College’s historic Old Main.