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Civilizations in Embrace Conference, March 21, 2016

Civilizations in Embrace:

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Ideas, Peace, and World Order

March 21, 2016

Juan Ramon Jiménez,  Room #2208, Adele H. Stamp Student Union

University of Maryland, College Park


Conference Program


9:00 a.m.–9:20 a.m.       Welcoming Remarks, Professor Hoda Mahmoudi and Dean Gregory Ball


9:20 a.m.–10:20 a.m.                   Keynote: Dialogue or Clash of Civilizations? The Global Community at the Crossroads


Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies in the School of International Service at American University, Washington, DC


10:20 a.m.–10:30 a.m.   Break


10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.   TBA


Professor Navnita Chadha Behera,Professor in the Department of Political

Science at the University of Delhi in New Delhi, India


11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Disorderly World: Thoughts on the voice of the South and

Africa in Reconfiguring World Order


Professor Paul-Henri Bischoff, Professor and Head of Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa


12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.    Lunch


1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.       TBA


Professor Margaret Pearson, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of

Government & Politics, University of Maryland, College Park.


2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.       Break


2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.       How Civilizations Learn from Each Other: From Herodotus to



Professor Amitav Acharya,UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance in the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC; Former President of the International Studies Association (2014–2015)


3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.       Closing remarks by Professor Hoda Mahmoudi