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Saturday, August 29 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Religion and Violence

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From the rampages of ISIS to the Charlie Hebdo and Boston Marathon massacres, from the strong religious overtones of the Russia-Ukraine war to attacks on American mosques and Muslims, and to the kidnap-murders of Jewish and Arab youth in Israel, the question regularly arises: Why do people kill — and die — for religion? But is this even the right question, when far more people who share the same religion, background and grievances of the killers refrain from killing? What other factors are involved?

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Peter Smith

Religion Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Smith has 30 years of journalistic experience and has covered religion for the past 20 years. He previously worked as the religion writer for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. from 2000 to 2013. He was previously a correspondent for Religion News Service, The Boston Globe and other outlets. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Oral Roberts University and a master’s of arts degree in religion from Louisville Presbyterian... Read More →

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Naveed Ahmad

Managing Director, Silent Heroes, Invisible Bridges
Journalist and researcher with two decades of travelling and writing experience about the Middle East and South Asia. Specializes in study of religions, conflicts and post-disaster dynamics. Pakistani by nationality and highly adaptable for work and study. in 2010, co-founded feature and analysis service in Turkish, Arabic, English and Urdu about cross-cultural, cross-religious issues. Writes for The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Policy, Religion... Read More →
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Hasan Azad

Doctoral Candidate, Columbia University, Contributor, Religion Dispatches and Islamic Monthly
Hasan Azad is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, with a focus on Islamic studies. He holds an M.A. in Islamic Societies and Cultures, and a B.A. in English, both from the University London. His dissertation exams the role of Islamic ethics in Muslim communities in the West. He has published numerous academic articles as well as for Religion Dispatches "The Black and White (and Blood-Red) Roots of ISIS... Read More →
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Tom Heneghan

Religion Editor and Senior Correspondent, France, ThomsonReuters
I've been Religion Editor for Reuters in Paris since 2003, coordinating our coverage of religion around the globe, writing about faith in Europe and the Middle East and editing our religion blog FaithWorld. While we write about all religions, my main focus has been on Catholicism and Islam in Europe and the Mediterranean region. I've also taught university-level courses on journalism and religion in Paris and led training sessions on reporting... Read More →

Saturday August 29, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor