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Flagler’s Community Lecture Series concludes with examination of war and religion

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The Flagler College Community Lecture Series will mark the conclusion of its 2011-2012 academic season on Tuesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. The series’ last lecture will be presented by Dr. James Rowell, Assistant Professor of Religion, who will speak on “Ahisma and Just War” to examine religious avoidance of violence in a world faced with conflicts.

Dr. Rowell holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire Massachusetts, and two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts: one in Political Science and one in Anthropology. Rowell’s primary areas of research include the religion and politics of Mohandas Gandhi, Reinhold Nieburhr, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abdul Gahffar Khan. He published the book “Gandhi and Bin Laden: Religion at the Extremes” in 2009 and is published in journals including “Theology Today” and the “Journal of Conflict Studies.”

The Flagler College Community Lecture Series, a popular program at the College, focuses this year on speakers who will discuss a special topic on war as viewed through the lens of his or her particular discipline. Topics are provided by local experts and Flagler faculty. Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for the semester. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are required as space is limited. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.

Call (904) 819-6282 or visit or for more information. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.