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Religion And Globalization Will Be Theme Of Lecture And Discussion

October 23, 2001-- "Religion and Globalization," two forces that the world is acutely aware of today, will be the theme of the third annual Fall Lecture in Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia on Thursday, Nov. 8, with a panel discussion the following day.

Peter L. Berger, internationally recognized sociologist who is director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University, will deliver the talk at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Minor Hall Auditorium. His address will focus on the rise of powerful religious movements, both in the West and outside it, with global reach and influence.

The related discussion will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Commonwealth Room of Newcomb Hall. The panel will include two other guest speakers, sociologist George Thomas of Arizona State University and anthropologist Tulasi Srinivas. The events are sponsored by U.Va.’s Center on Religion and Democracy and Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

Berger is the author of many books on sociological theory, the sociology of religion, and Third World development. Translated into dozens of languages, his major books include "The Social Construction of Reality," "The Homeless Mind," "The Capitalist Revolution," and "Modernity, Pluralism, and the Crisis of Meaning." He recently directed a 10-nation comparative study of cultural globalization to be published by Oxford University Press in 2002.

Thomas analyzes the ways in which religious movements worldwide react to and shape institutions such as the nation-state, capitalist markets and individualism. Srinivas received a doctorate in anthropology and sociology from Boston University this year and researches cultural globalization and religion.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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