San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Domestic and International Dynamics of Democracy in Turkey: The Contributions of the Gulen Movement
The Atlantic Institute is pleased to host Professor Loye Ashton in the Atlantic Luncheon Series.
The Rev. Dr. Loye Ashton is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the Director of the Center for International Studies and Global Change at Tougaloo and a member of the Honors Program Faculty as well as a biomedical research ethicist in the Educational Training Program of the Jackson Heart Study. Tenured since 2011, he is currently serving a second year as President of the Faculty Senate. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and a Masters of Theological Studies degree from the Boston University School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Comparative and Systematic Theology) from Boston University where his dissertation, titled “An Exploration of the Idea of Rhythm in Metaphysics and Christian Theology,” examined the principle of rhythmicity in the history of Western metaphysics as a means to reformulate Christian theology in relation to contemporary science and inter-religious dialogue. From 2003 to 2006 he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
In addition to numerous papers delivered at academic conferences, Dr. Ashton has had three theological commentaries (for Propers 16-18) published in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Lectionary Commentary Series, Year B, Volumes 3 & 4 (2009, Westminster John Knox Press). His article, “Religion and Segregation,” is slated for publication in 2014 as part of the forthcoming Mississippi Encyclopedia (University Press of Mississippi). In 2011 he was also awarded a major research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund an international research conference in collaboration with the International Museum of Muslim Cultures on the legacy of music and literacy of Islamic West Africa. A past-president (2008) of the North American Paul Tillich Society, his research area is in philosophical and comparative theology, particularly with respect to the engagement of Christian traditions with contemporary science, music theory and East Asian philosophies, religious ideas and practices. He is the co-founder of the Society of Comparative Theology and also serves as the co-editor of Fordham University Press’s new series, Comparative Theology: Thinking Across Traditions.
He is currently working on a book-length project about the sources of the opposition to the Gülen/Hizmet interfaith peace movement in Turkey and throughout the Turkish-speaking world. Interviews of his work with the Gülen movement are available on Youtube and many of his interfaith conference presentations have been published in Turkish. Born in Key West, raised in North Dakota and Montana and educated in Boston, Dr. Ashton is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and has enjoyed creative expression as a percussionist and drummer for over 35 years. Loye is married to Akiko Sekihata Ashton, a gifted sculptor, painter, writer and teacher and they have two beautiful sons, Michael and Zenji.
RSVP is required to reserve your seat. Tickets are $10 per person. This program is sponsored by Istanbul Center.
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