Disarming Polarization: Navigating Conflict and Difference in the 21st Century

All sessions will be held in the Anderson University Center.

8:15 - 9:45 a.m. | Welcome and Introduction: Asking the Questions

Panel: Michael Artime, Corey L. Cook, Justin Eckstein, Mary Ellard-Ivey, Sergia Hay, and Heidi Schutz

Location: Scandinavian Cultural Center

9:55 - 11:40 a.m. | Religious Divides and the Expanding Circle of Cooperation

Speaker: Dr. Ara Norenzayan, Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia

Introduced by Corey L. Cook, Assistant Professor of Psychology, PLU

Location: Regency Room

11:50 a.m. - 1:35 p.m. | Calling in Not Calling Out

Speaker: Loretta Ross, Co-founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Introduced by Jennifer Smith, Dean of Inclusive Excellence, PLU

Location: Chris Knutzen

1:45 - 3:30 p.m. | Angry Tías and Abuelas

Panel: Cindy Candia, Elizabeth Cavazos, and Nayelly Barrios

Moderated by Wendy Call, Assistant Professor of English, PLU

Location: Regency Room

3:45 - 5:25 p.m. | Faith Communities at the Crossroads: Bridging Divides

Panel: Briana Brannan ‘13, Pastor Terry Kyllo ‘87, Pastor Jim Warnock, Jared Wright ‘14, and Jessica Zimmerle ‘13

Moderated by Pastor Jen Rude, University Pastor

Location: Scandinavian Cultural Center

5:30 - 6:45 p.m. | Dinner Break

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Inter-religious Dialogue and Three Cups of Tea: Listen, Respect, Connect

2020 Paul Ingram Lecture in Religion

Speaker: Imam Jamal Rahman, P. Ingram Lecturer, Interfaith Sufi Leader, Greater Seattle Area

Introduced by Suzanne Crawford-O’Brien, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department

Location: Scandinavian Cultural Center

About the Paul O. Ingram Lecture:
Held every other year, this lectureship celebrates the work of Professor Emeritus Paul O. Ingram. These lectures continue Dr. Ingram’s work in extending understandings of all religions through scholarship and teaching in comparative religions and interreligious dialog, by bringing to campus scholars whose work exemplifies the comparative, descriptive, and analytic methods that define the field.

9:15 - 10:20 a.m. | Mutual Aid for Survival and Mobilization

Speaker: Dean Spade, Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University

Introduced by Lace Smith, Associate Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, PLU

Location: Chris Knutzen

10:30 - 11:40 a.m. | Immigration, Racism, and the Transnational Food System

Speaker: Dr. Seth Holmes, Associate Professor, Society and Environment and Medical Anthropology, University of California Berkeley in conversation with indigenous Mexican immigrants

Introduced by Katherine Wiley, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, PLU

Location: Regency Room

11:50 a.m. - 1:35 p.m. | Under the Volcano: Polarization in Mexico's Decaying Democracy

Speaker: Dr. Denise Dresser, Professor of Political Science, ITAM, Mexico City

Introduced by Adela Ramos, Associate Professor of English, PLU

Location: Scandinavian Cultural Center

1:45 - 3: 25 p.m. | Conflict, Peacebuilding, and Ethics of Discourse

Current Student Panel: Barbara Gilchrist, Peter Olschner,Dejan Perez, Riley Reed, Sara Ward

Moderated by Sergia Hay, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Location: Regency Room

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. | The Uses and Abuses of Identity

2020 Koller/Menzel Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Law and Philosophy, NYU

Introduced by Michael Schleeter, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair

Location: Chris Knutzen

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Dinner Break

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Faith in the Age of Hijacked Religions

Made possible by the generous sponsorship of Mountain View Lutheran Church, Edgewood, WA.

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem; Co-Founder, Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Introduced by Kevin O’Brien, Professor of Religion, Dean of the Humanities, and Interim Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, and by John L. Vaswig, Senior Pastor, Mountain View Lutheran Church

Location: Chris Knutzen