‘God and War’ topic for visiting professor’s lectures

   Professor Mark Juergensmeyer, director of global and international studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will deliver a series of three Stafford Little lectures at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21, 22 and 23 in McCosh Hall 50 on the Princeton University campus.
   Professor Juergensmeyer, a professor of sociology and religious studies, will lecture on the topic of "God and War." His talks will address questions including: What purpose does the concept of war serve in times of social chaos and uncertainty? What is the relationship between violence and religion? And how can the global terror war be contained?
   He is the author of several books, including "Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence," which The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times identified as one of the best nonfiction books of 2003.
   Professor Juergensmeyer has interviewed numerous religious extremists, including individuals convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Hamas leaders, and abortion clinic bombers. He has been a frequent commentator in the news media on the subject of religious violence.
   The talks are free and open to the public. They are cosponsored by Princeton University Public Lectures and Princeton University Press.