Panel of Scholars and Practitioners

Friday November 9, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Sandra Cheldelin

Sandra Cheldelin

Sandra Cheldelin is the Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Doctoral Program Director at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University. She has facilitated large-scale interethnic and interfaith community dialogues on topics of fear, terrorism, violence and suspicion, and has convened large and small groups to build community resilience. She has conducted conflict resolution trainings, interventions and research projects in Bosnia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Georgia, the Middle East, Italy, Turkey, Liberia and China. Her forthcoming co-edited book (2013) is Deconstructing Women, Peace and Security: A Critical Review of Approaches to Gender and Empowerment.

Joe Bock

Joseph Bock

Joseph Bock directs the Master’s in Science for Global Health program at the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. He is the liaison to Catholic Relief Services for Notre Dame and an editorial adviser to Development in Practice, founded by Oxfam GB.

Hauwa Ibrahim

Hauwa Ibrahim

Hauwa Ibrahim is a senior partner at Aries Law Firm. Working as a lead attorney with a team devoted to the cause of human rights for women in Nigeria, she has won a number of precedent-setting cases before Islamic Shariah courts. Ibrahim has been a Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law and Stonehill College, a World Fellow at Yale University, a Radcliffe fellow, and a fellow at both the Human Rights Program and the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard University. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University.

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton

Sally Durgananda Kempton spent twenty years as a swami (monk) in an Indian spiritual tradition, living in ashrams and teaching meditation and yoga philosophy in India as well as the United States and Europe. The author of Meditation for the Love of It and the upcoming Awakening Shakti: The Transforative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga, she is known for her capacity to help students work with meditative experience as a framework for practical life-change, and is currently working with issues of contemporary feminine spirituality. Kempton is on the faculty at Esalen and Kripalu, and leads retreats and teleclasses. She writes a regular column, “Wisdom” for Yoga Journal, as well as a column called “Meditation for Life” on the Internet religious site www.patheos.com. Her website is www.sallykempton.com.

Sujata Moorti

Sujata Moorti

Sujata Moorti is Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Middlebury College. She has published extensively on media representations of gender, sexuality and diasporic formations. She is currently completing a manuscript on Indian women’s magazines from the early twentieth century where she teases out the nature of gendered nationalisms. In this manuscript she explores the transnational circuits of knowledge production that link the colonial Indian women’s movement with a “global sisterhood.” She is completing two other monographs on gendered violence. She is the author of Color of Rape: Gender, Race and Democratic Public Spheres (SUNY Press, 2002) and has co-edited Global Bollywood: The Travels of Hindi Song and Dance (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and Local Violence, Global Media: Feminist Analyses of Gendered Representations. She teaches courses on feminist cultural studies, diasporic media studies, and postcolonial theory.

Cedric Prakash

Fr. Cedric Prakash

Fr. Prakash is a Jesuit Priest of the Gujarat Province of the Society of Jesus, as well as a human rights and peace activist. He has held several positions in the Society of Jesus and numerous other organizations. In the wake of the Gujarat Carnage of 2002, Fr. Prakash has been one of the voices championing the cause of the Muslims and other minorities. Currently, he is the Director of PRASHANT, the Ahmedabad-based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice, and Peace, which he founded in 2001. He is also the Convener of the Gujarat United Christian Forum for Human Rights.

Victoria Rue

Victoria Rue

Victoria Rue, M.Div., PhD is a Roman Catholic woman priest, a lecturer at San Jose State University in Women's Studies and Comparative Religious Studies, and a theatre writer/director. Dr. Rue has published numerous articles and her book, Acting Religious: Theatre as Pedagogy in Religious Studies, was published in 2005 by Pilgrim Press. In 2005, Victoria also became one of four women who were the first women to be ordained as Roman Catholic priests in the U.S. Victoria and her spouse Kathryn Poethig celebrated their twentieth anniversary of commitment in September 2008 by getting married. They live in Watsonville, California.

Emile Sahliyeh

Emile Sahliyeh

Dr. Emile Sahliyeh is a professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations and the Director of the International Studies Major at the University of North Texas. His research focuses on religious resurgence and ethnic protest in the Middle East, Palestinian politics and leadership, issues of war and peace in the Middle East, and the status of democracy and human rights in the Middle East and the Islamic World. In addition to more than 50 articles and chapters, Dr. Sahliyeh is the author and editor of 4 books. He is also co-editing with Brian Calfano Social Influences and Muslim Political Status across the Islamic World, which will be published by Lexington in 2013. He also plans to write a book on The Status of Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East.

Mary Kay Cavazos

Mary Kay Schueneman

Mary Kay Schueneman is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Middlebury College. She teaches courses in American Religious History and Culture with a specialization in African American Religious History and African American Women’s Religious Practice and Experiences. She is the author of “A Leavening Force: African American Women and Christian Women in the Civil Rights Era,” forthcoming in Church History. Her current book project is entitled Considering What Others Say I Am: Toward a Black Women’s Theory of Mission. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Schueneman is also part-time minister at Cornwall Congregational Church, UCC in Cornwall, Vermont.

Manisha Sethi

Manisha Sethi

Manisha Sethi teaches at the Centre for the Study of Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She is interested in issues of gender and rleigion, communalism, and more recently law and terrorism. Sethi is the Associate Editor of India’s leading reviews magazine, Biblio: A Review of Books. She is involved in activist with the civil rights group, Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association, a group of university tecahers who campaign for rule of law and against extra judicial killings. Her book, Escaping the World: Women Renouncers among Jains has been published by Routledge.