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Richard Rubenstein - September 09, 2008

Richard Rubenstein

University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

"Religion and Violence in the 21st Century"

8:00 PM Tuesday, September 09, 2008
University Theatre

Professor Rubenstein is the author of a classic work on terrorism, Alchemists of Revolution: Terrorism in the Modern World (1988), and many other books about the subject. He has lectured all over the world on the causes and cures of terrorism, always with the aim of subjecting the anti-terrorism policies of officialdom to a critical review. He is the master at separating illusions from realities in the propaganda campaigns that pass nowadays for informed explanations of terrorism.

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"Why Americans Fight: Our ‘National Religion’ as a Cause of War"

3:40 PM Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Gallagher Business Building 123

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar with  Richard Rubenstein, a Rhodes Scholar who in 1961 earned an M.A. in Jurisprudence at Oxford and then a law degree at Harvard in 1963. After practicing law in Washington, D.C., for the next four years, he became the assistant director of the Adlai Stevenson Institute of International Affairs in Chicago.  In 1970, he took a position teaching political science at Roosevelt University.  From 1979 to 1987, he taught at the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., and then moved on to his current position.  He long has been drawn to the history and psychology of violence, with a particular interest in the role that religion plays in the motivation of terrorists. His major books include:

  • Rebels in Eden: Mass Political Violence in the United States  (1970)
  • Left Turn: Origins of the Next American Revolution (1973)
  • Alchemists of Revolution: Terrorism in the Modern World (1988)
  • When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity in the Last Days of Rome (2001)
  • Aristotle’s Children: The War Between Faith and Reason in the Late Middle Ages (2003)
  • Thus Saith the Lord: The Revolutionary Moral Vision of Isaiah and Jeremiah (2005)

Professor Rubenstein has lectured all over the world on the causes and cures of terrorism, always with the aim of subjecting the anti-terrorism policies of officialdom to critical review.  He is the master at separating illusions from realities in the propaganda campaigns that pass nowadays for informed accounts of terrorism.