By NR Staff • 

Lecture looks at religious violence

Mark Juergensmeyer, one of the world’s leading experts on religion, violence and conflict resolution, will present the annual Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion at Linfield College.

His talk, “The Global Rise of Religious Violence,” is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium. Admission is free.

Juergensmeyer is a professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also serves as director of the school’s Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies.

He is the author of “Terror in the Mind of God,” published in 2000 and revised in 2003, in the aftermath of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. His most recent book is “Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State.”

In addition, he has written more than 200 articles and 20 books on techniques for resolving conflicts, the role of religion in the social movements of Southern Asia, and religion and politics in the modern world.

Among his many awards and honors, Juergensmeyer was elected as president of the American Academy of Religion, the most prestigious academic society of religious scholars in the United States.

The Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion was established by friends and family in honor of Gordon G. Frazee, who was chaplain and professor of religion at Linfield for 32 years. The fund is used to underwrite an annual lecture under the auspices of the Linfield College Department of Religious Studies.

The lecture is also sponsored by the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement at Linfield, designed to encourage the exchange of ideas across disciplines, promote civic engagement and pique intellectual curiosity through the exploration of thematic connections. This year’s PLACE theme is focused on “The Legacies of War.”

For more information, contact David Fiordalis, assistant professor of religious studies, at 503-883-2569 or


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