Conference to address religious diversity

“Diversity Within Religion” will be the subject of a daylong conference sponsored by Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services on Wednesday.The luncheon keynote speaker, Manochehr Dorraj, a political science professor, said he will discuss why religion matters in a post-modern world.

“One of the most important forms of diversity is religious diversity and different venues of religious and spiritual life,” Dorraj said.

IIS hosts the Inclusiveness Conference annually to open a campus-wide dialogue on issues of diversity within different realms of society.

Previous conferences have dealt with diversity within the media and various “-isms,” said Greg Trevino, IIS director.

The decision to cover diversity in religion was because the subject had not been focused on much in previous years. IIS has been working with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life throughout the planning process, Trevino said.

Adam Gamwell, program coordinator for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, said the office shared its pool of knowledge and was able to suggest specific speakers.

Gamwell said the conference will be a step toward religious education.

“Without awareness there cannot be education,” Gamwell said.

The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude with the play “Platanos and Collard Greens” at 7 p.m. in Ed Landreth Auditorium.

The event is free, but registration is required. Registration for the event, information and a calendar of speakers can be found on the IIS Web site,