"This sounds like a fascinating and very important project. People seem to either condemn religion as a force causing war or naively put it forward as a peacemaking framework without realizing that especially the Abrahamic religions do a whole…"
Gods-Bombs.jpegSummer, 2014 Sociology 395Lester Kurtz – MWF 7:20-9:40pm(May 19, 2014 - Jun 27, 2014 Robinson Hall B111 Fairfax Campus)The world’s faith and ethical traditions provide contradictory ethical motifs around violence and the use of force: the warrior and the pacifist. Mahatma Gandhi resolved this moral dilemma with…See More
"When Does Repression Backfire? A Global Panel"THURSDAY March 7; 7:30 pmGeorge Mason UniversityResearch Hall 100Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.An impressive global group of scholars and practitioners is developing an edited book titled, The Paradox of Repression. The book focuses on when, why, and how repression often backfires when used against nonviolent activists. You can learn more about the book and its authors at http://paradox.swarthmore.edu, and…See More
Nice to see you in this network. I need your help for my writings and research. We (with my wife. She is also a Conflict Resolution graduate and M.A in political science) wrote some basic theory books and these days we write a advance…"
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Lester Kurtz teaches public sociology at George Mason University and is the editor of a 3-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (Academic/Elsevier, 2008), co-editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell’s), and The Web of Violence (U. of Illinois Press) as well as author of books and articles including Gods in the Global Village (Pine Forge/Sage), The Nuclear Cage (Prentice-Hall) and The Politics of Heresy (U. of California Press), which received the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s Distinguished Book Award. He is currently working on books on Gandhi's Paradox and Gods and Bombs, and co-editing (with Lee Smithey) a book on The Paradox of Repression (when repression backfires) and a 2-volume examination of Women, War, and Violence (with Mariam M. Kurtz).
Kurtz is the past chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association as well as the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, which awarded him its Robin Williams Distinguished Career Award in 2005. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and taught at the Unviersity of Texas, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Delhi University in India, and Tunghai University in Taiwan.
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