Assumption University Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict


The Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict is currently held by Dr. Norman King, Professor Emeritus in Religion and Culture at the University of Windsor, and Acting Principal and Director of Theology at Iona College.


In conjunction with this Chair, monthly interfaith meetings are held which feature a presentation and discussion on a topic, usually from the perspective of one of the major religious traditions.  Recently, we have featured: a perspective on non-violence according to the Christian tradition by Dr. Norman King; a documentary film on Alice Herz-Sommer, concert pianist and Holocaust survivor, who recently died at the age of 110; and a presentation on a more authentic understanding of jihad by Imam Mohammed Mahmoud.


Our annual symposium will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 26, 2014.  The theme will be “Violence and Non-Violence: Perspectives of Major Religious Traditions.”  As usual, it will feature presentations from seven different traditions: Aboriginal, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh.


The annual public lecture will be presented by Dr. Norman King, on Thursday afternoon, November 27, 2014.  It will address the topic: “The sacredness and dignity of the human person; inter-religious and inter-worldview perspectives. ”


More precise details on the symposium and public lecture will be available shortly from Cécile Bertrand at Assumption University.