Gandhi, Jesus and Buddha: Violence and Non-Violence in Religion
The Campus Community Book Project in conjunction with Professor
Naomi Janowitz is offering a unique opportunity to staff, parents,
alumni, and community members to participate in an interdisciplinary
course at UC Davis. This course, Humanities I, will engage students
in a critical examination of violence and non-violence in diverse
religious traditions. This course will explore the paradox of religion
as a source of violent images and imperatives on the one hand and
of principled notions of non-violence on the other. What is the
role of violence/non-violence in the founding of a religious tradition
and in the lives and thoughts of religious thinkers? What is the
relationship in religious identity formation between the impulse
to attack others and to forgive? How do religious thinkers sanction
violence or further non-violent resistance?
This course is being offered free of charge to staff, parents,
alumni, and community members. In order to take Hum 1, those participants
who are not registered UC Davis students will sign up for the course
in space provided below. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays
at 12:10-1. However, for those parents, staff, alumni, or community
members who either cannot attend class in person, or who prefer
to take this course in an online format, the lectures will be taped
and then put on the course website. Anyone who registers for the
course can then view the lectures and be part of an on-line discussion.
Those completing the class who are not registered UC Davis students
will receive a certification of completion.
This course offers a unique opportunity for continued discussion
about the Campus Community Book Project's chosen selection for 2003,
Gandhi's Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution by Mark Juergensmeyer.
The partnership between the Office of Campus Community Relations
and Professor Janowitz offers a rare option for in-depth exploration
of the themes of conflict resolution and non-violence within an
academic environment. We are excited about this pilot program and
encourage all members of our extended UC Davis community to participate.
The deadline for registration for the course is January 8, 2004.