The Garaventa Center hosts UP political science professor emeritus Fr. Claude Pomerleau, C.S.C., as he presents “Religion & Politics: The Forces of Globalization” on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:15 p.m., in Franz Hall 120. Fr. Pomerleau will examine the political significance and influence of religion and the emergence of diverse theology of liberation movements in Latin America from the 1970s to the present. He proposes that religion is most effectively universal when it is most local, and suggests that the future effectiveness of religion in Latin America will depend on its ability to enter into cooperation with the growing diversity of organizations from Christian to Muslim, secular, regional and national.
With long-time interests in peace studies and Latin America, Fr. Pomerleau taught at the University of Notre Dame before coming to the University of Portland and has spent his summers in Chile working as a visiting professor in international relations since 1991.
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