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Religious Violence in the Middle East Topic of Oct. 4 Discussion

RELEASED: Sept. 24, 2009

Dr. Charlene Burns
Dr. Charlene Burns

EAU CLAIRE — Religious violence in the Middle East will be the topic of an Oct. 4 lecture by a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire associate professor of religious studies.

Dr. Charlene Burns will present "Religions, Cultures, and Violence in the Middle East" at 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire as part of the Haas Lecture Series.

Burns will examine theories about the causes of religious violence. Using the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and experiences she had in Egypt and Qatar, she will illustrate how and why she believes people must learn to think of the problem as something that can only be resolved through personal spiritual practices.

Burns traveled to Egypt and Qatar in May as part of a delegation of American citizens invited by the National Peace Foundation and the Islamic Society of North America to participate in a people-to-people exchange program between the United States and countries in the Middle East.

The American delegation met with the Grand Mufti of Egypt, who is head of Egyptian Islam and one of the world's most important scholars of Islamic Shariah law. The group also met with members of the Sufi, Coptic Christian and Egyptian Jewish faiths. Delegates participated in a panel discussion with Islamic scholars in Cairo and visited a madrassa. In Doha, Qatar, they met with people at the School of Shariah at Qatar University, the new (and first) Roman Catholic congregation in the country, and the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue.

Burns has a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, a master's degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and a bachelor's degree from Armstrong State College. A member of UW-Eau Claire's faculty since 2001, Burns has authored and/or edited three books and more than 20 articles and book chapters.

Burns is the third speaker in the 2009 Haas Lecture Series, which was named for Leonard C. Haas. Haas served as UW-Eau Claire's chancellor for 21 years and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church for more than 50 years. He was a founding board member of the Grace Lutheran Foundation and served 11 years as the Grace Lutheran Sunday school superintendent. In memory of Leonard and his wife, Dorellen, and in tribute to the value Haas placed on lifelong learning, the Haas family established the Haas Lecture Series to enrich the lives of members of Grace Lutheran Church and the community.

For more information about the Oct. 4 lecture, contact Dr. Charlene Burns at burnscp@uwec.edu or 715-836-2930 or 715-836-2545. For information about the Haas Lecture Series, contact Bill Benson at 715-834-5788.

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