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Program Schedule for 2011 ISCSC conference in New Orleans


6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Reception for conference participants in the Parish Center of the Holy Name of Jesus Parish church, 6220 LaSalle Place, New Orleans (just off the Tulane campus, 300 yards from the Goldring Woldenberg I building.)


8:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. breakfast (See location note at the bottom.)

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. plenary session (Goldring Woldenberg Hall II, room 1111)
William McGaughey, “Specialized institutions emerging in world history

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. break

9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

(A) The international business culture (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 100)
Andrew Targowski (session moderator) and Edward Jayne,   “Business religion of global civilization”
Pedro Geiger,   “Civilization, mode of production, ages of history, and the three-legged movements”

(B) Understanding the phase of decline (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 130)
Marek Celinski,  “ Concepts of progress and regress in relation of civilization”

Michael Andregg (session moderator),   “The moral crisis in U.S. national security - some comparisons with ancient Rome”

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 break

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. lunch Board meeting of old members

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. plenary (Goldring Woldenberg Hall II, room 1111)
David Kopf: Remembering Ben Nelson, first U.S. president of the ISCSC
Tribute to Matt Melko: George von der Muhll, Michael Andregg, Andrew Targowski, Leonidas Donskis

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. break

2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

(A) “Global and Comparative Education” panel (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 100)
Connie Lamb (session moderator), “Problems and solutions in global and comparative education”
Vlad Alalykin-Izvekov, “Altruism-Based Education as a Vehicle to Improve Understanding, Communication, and Cooperation between Civilizations.”
Ashok Malhotra and Linda Drake, “Building character and prosperity: Educating the underprivileged children of India”
Isaac Tseggai, "The Pedagogy of Abyssinian Civilization"

(B) Diverse traditions in Indonesia and elsewhere (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 130):
Hisanori Kato (session moderator), “Local civilisation and political decency in the case of Yogyakarta of Indonesia”
Norman Rothman,  “Four versions of Islam in Indonesia”
Walter Benesch ,  “Chinese and Indo-European Logics: Comparing ‘Thinking about the Unthinkability’ in Indo-European and Chinese Philosophies and Logics”

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. break

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. plenary (Goldring Woldenberg Hall II, room 1111) Hemenegilde Rwantabagu, “Language, education, and the revival of African civilization”


FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. plenary-session panel (Goldring Woldenberg Hall II, room 1111)
Michael Palencia-Roth (session moderator), Joseph Drew, David Wilkinson “Remembering the 1961 meeting in Salzburg”, audience discussion of six issues

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. discussion of the six issues

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. break

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

(A) Giants of civilization theory (1) (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 100)
Stephen Borthwick,   “Historical View of Oswald Spengler and William Butler Yeats”;
James Sullivan (session moderator), “Big history, big philosophy, the historian meets the philosopher: the Toynbee-Feibleman interface

(B) Giants of civilization theory (2) (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 130)
Anthony Stevens-Arroyo,  “Fire and Force:  Civilization as Noosphere in the works of Teilhard de Chardin”
George von der Muhll (session moderator), “Huntington in memoriam: beyond the “clash of civilizations’”
Vlad Alalykin-Izvekov, Pitirim A. Sorokin’s contribution to civilizational theory and science

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. lunch Election of board member

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

(A) On the Battle Line between Christianity and Islam (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 100)
Dario Fernandez-Morera (session moderator),  “Muslim conquest and Christian reconquest of medieval Spain”
Adan Stevens-Arroyo,  “War:  Just or holy in Christianity and Islam”

(B) Nativist spirit in Europe and Japan (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 130)
Mariana Tepfenhart,  “Right-wing extremists in Europe”
Oleg Benesch (session moderator), “Historical memory and the ‘national character’ problem: the Japanese ‘samurai spirit’ as a case study of cultural taxonomy”

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. break

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

(A) Globalization of Major Institutions (Goldring Woldenberg Hall II, room 1111)
Laina Farhat-Holzman (session moderator),  “Science:  Savior of civilization or destroyer?”
Lynn Rhodes,  “The globalization of national park systems”
book reviews:
Richard Rudgeley, “Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age”, reviewed by Laina Farhat-Holzman
Toby Huff,”Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution-A Global Perspective”, reviewed by Laina Farhat-Holzman

(B) Book reviews #1 (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 100)
Reed Smith, chair; Glenn R. Bugh, ed., “The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World”, reviewed by Taylor Halverson
Cyril Mango, The Oxford History of Byzantium, reviewed by Reed Smith

(C) Book reviews #2 (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 130) Andrew Targowski, chair
Ali A. Allawi, “The Crisis of Islamic Civilization”, reviewed by Tseggai Isaac
Kit-Man Li, “Western Civilization and Its Problems”, reviewed by Pedro P. Geiger
Hilaire Belloc, “The Crisis of Civilization”, reviewed by Andrew Targowski

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. break

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

(A) Civilization as a Society of Specialists (Goldring Woldenberg Hall II, room 1111
Ross Maxwell, “Civilization-level phenomena as a new grade of interdependent specialists”
Discussants: David Wilkinson, William McGaughey

(B) Wrong Path (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 100)
Thomas Palfrey, “Having chosen the wrong path, a lecture on Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn and his thought”,

(C) Book reviews #3 (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 130)  Laina Farhat-Holzman, chair
Addison Wesley Longmans, “Civilization Past and Present, 9th ed.”, reviewed by Vlad Alalykin-Izvekov
Regina M. Marchi, “Day of the Dead in the USA”, reviewed by Ana Maria Diaz-Stevens;
Tom Holland: “The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West” reviewed by Laina Farhat-Holzman
Ian Johnson: “A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West” reviewed by Laina Farhat-Holzman

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. break

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. banquet (Sun Ray Grill, 1051 Annunciation Street, New Orleans) Presidential address by Andrew Targowski



8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. plenary session, introduced by Laina Farhat-Holzman (Goldring Woldenberg Hall II, room 1111)
Ricardo Duchesne Hegel and the Western Spirit

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. break

9:45 a.m. - 11:30

(A) Toynbee in review (Goldring Woldenberg Hall II, room 1111
Reed Smith (session moderator), “Toynbee’s relevance today”
Walter Baer, "Antidisestablishmentarianism: church-state Issues in China today viewed from a western and U.S. perspective with reference to Arnold Toynbee’s critique of state-church establishments."

(B) Book reviews # 4 Connie Lamb, chair (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 100)
Andree F. Sjoberg, “Dravidian Language and Culture”, reviewed by Ashok Malhotra
Mark Nathan Cohen, “Health and the Rise of Civilizations”, reviewed by Andrew Targowski
Brett Bowden “The Empire of Civilization: The Evolution of an Imperial Idea”, reviewed by Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo
Nils Anfinset, “Metal, Nomads and Culture Contact: The Middle East and North Africa”, reviewed by Connie Lamb
“Ungendering Civilization”, reviewed by Connie Lamb

(C) Book reviews #5 Adan Stevens-Diaz, chair (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 130)
Victoria Clark, “Yemen”, reviewed by Tseggai Isaac
Syed Ali, “Dubai” reviewed by George Von der Muhll
Hilaire Belloc, “The Crusades”, reviewed by Norman Rothman
Peter O'Brien, “European Perceptions of Islam and America”, reviewed by Adan Stevens-Diaz

11:30 a.m. - noon break

12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m. New Board member meeting (Goldring Woldenberg Hall, room 130)


Note: This conference was held in the fiftieth anniversary year of the founding meeting of scholars in Salzburg, Austria.


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