Published on April 6, 2016 by Sean Flynt  

Samford University’s Philosophy Department and Phi Kappa Phi honor society will host a public panel discussion on religion and violence 3-5 p.m. April 18 in Brooks Hall Auditorium.

Panelists will discuss how the various religions assess, theologically, the presence of violence both in their history and society.  Organizers hope the event also will help build more common commitments among the religions. 

The panel will include:

Lisa J. Battaglia, Samford assistant professor of religion, with specialty in Asian religions

Abby McMurry, Panel master of ceremony, Samford pre-med senior, Phi Kappa Phi member

Jonathan Miller, Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of Birmingham

Bunyamin Ozaydin, assistant professor in UAB’s Health Informatics Program, member of the Turkish/American Muslim community, volunteer at the Peace Valley Foundation

Dennis Sansom, professor and chair of Samford’s Philosophy Department, with specialty in Christian ethics

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.