Wednesday, October 9, 2013

History Professor Challenges Conventional Wisdom

The Midwest World History Association 2013 Conference recently welcomed a presentation on conflict in Africa by BW History Professor Thomas Uthup. In his lecture, titled "Conflict in Africa Post-Independence: Is Culture Always a Factor?," Uthup examined cultural factors in African conflicts, and found that ethnic factors are far more prevalent and deadly than religious influences.

Dr. Uthup's academic focus has been on the complex relationships between culture and society, with special attention to religious factors--especially Islam--affecting political behavior.

He is a Founder, Friend of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) which promotes good practices in the governance of cultural diversity, interfaith relations, migrant integrations, and youth empowerment.