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One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

-Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate


Department of Africana Studies   ♦  Office of Diversity and Inclusion  ♦  Office of International Studies  

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences   ♦  Department of Psychology  ♦  Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry  

             Department of Political Science   ♦   Department of Sociology and Anthropology






9:00 a.m.  Welcome: Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver Colorado (invited)

Opening Remarks:  Harvey Milkman, PhD, Colloquium Chair, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver



9:30-10:45 a.m.  Keynote Presentation: Sustainable Peace through Inclusive Security

Presenter: Dr. Alaa Murabit, Leading international advocate for inclusive peace processes






11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Panel Presentations (Understanding the Problem)

Moderator: Akbarali Thobhani, PhD, Executive Director, Office of International Studies, MSU Denver


♦ Thomas A. Pyszczynski, PhD, Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

A Psychological Perspective on How Religion is Used to Promote Violence … and How to Reverse this Tendency



♦ Presenter: Arthur N. Gilbert, PhD, Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver

Apocalyptic Thinking, Religion and Violence


♦ Presenter: Nader Hashemi, PhD, Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver

The ISIS Crisis and the 'Broken Politics' of the Middle East: A Framework for Understanding Radical Islamism




12:30-1:45 p.m. LUNCH – PROVIDED




2:00-3:15 p.m.  Panel Presentations (Steps toward Solution)

Moderator, Layton Curl, PhD, Department Chair of Psychology, MSU Denver


♦ Presenter: Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, PhD, Professor, University of Haifa, Israel     

Peaceful Development and Women’s Status                            



♦ Presenter: Stephen Zunes, PhD, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, Associate Editor of Peace Review

U.S. Middle East Policy and Strategic Nonviolent Action




♦ Presenter: Lucy McGuffey, PhD, CU Denver, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science  

Religion, Reconciliation, and Peacebuilding in Post-conflict Societies



3:30-4:15 p.m.   Plenary Address: What We Know About Recent Hate Crimes in the U.S

♦ Presenter: Heidi Beirich, PhD, Southern Poverty Law Center, Director, The Intelligence Project






4:30-5:15 p.m.  Plenary Address: Religious Fundamentalisms and the Future of Tolerance

♦ Presenter: Adam Graves, PhD, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Director of Religious Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver



5:15-7:00 p.m. Closing Reception: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Performance

• Know Thyself
• Spiritual Suite      



* Parking and Directions  - Campus Maps and Parking

The following lots are recommended for parking:

1. Tivoli Parking Garage: Auraria Pkwy and 9th

2. Holly Lot (directly behind St. Cajetan's Event Center): 7th and Curtis                       



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