Thursday, May 16, 2013

Please check out Ashok Malhotra's interview (on Grandpa Chopra's Stories) with Bill Jaker on "Off the Page" (NPR) on April 30, 2013.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ISCSC 2013 Conference Program


Wednesday, June 12, 2012
7:00 pm Welcoming Reception

Thursday, June 13, 2012
Breakfast 7:30 AM
Crocker Dining Hall

8:30 AM Madrone Room
Welcome and Introductions

9:00 to 10:15 AM Plenary:  Madrone Room

Andrew Targowski:  Unanticipated Consequences:  The “Black Stain” on Western Civilization: How IBM Machines Helped the Germans to Kill an Additional Four Million People, Including 2.5 Million Jews, in World War II.  The Lesson for Today's Practice of Information Revolution.

NOTE:  All “A” sessions are in the Madrone Room; “B” sessions are in Embers; “C” sessions are in Afterglow.  Consult Conference Map.

Coffee Break 10:15-30 AM

10:30 to 11:45 AM

Session A:  Book Session: Two Major Books, Kaplan and Rosner
Chair:  David Rosner

Laina Farhat-Holzman and George Von der Muhll:  The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate.
Randall Groves and Laina Farhat-Holzman:  Conservatism and Crisis, the Anti-Modern Perspective in Twentieth-Century German Philosophy, by David Rosner.

Session B.  Contemporary Issues of Modernization
Chair: Marek Celinski

Tereza Coni Aguiar,  Local Impacts and Global Concerns: the Environmental Issue in the Ilha Grande Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Liubov Mikhaltsova:  Value-Based and Meaning-Based Orientations Analysis as a Vehicle for Active Convergence of Youth in Modern Civilizations
Maria Stepfenhart reviews Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, by Orlando Figes

Lunch:12:00 to 1:15 PM
Old Board Meeting
1:30 to 3:00 PM

Session A:  Crisis and Evolution of Civilization: Proposal for a Collaborative Book on Comparative
Chair:  David Rosner

Marek J. Celinski:  Crisis and Evolution of Civilization
Laina Farhat-Holzman:  In Defense of “Dead White Men”
David Rosner:  Progress, Decline, and Value Relativism
Mark Malisa: A Comparative Study of 20th and 21st century nonviolence in Nonwestern Civilizations.

Session B: Contemporary Aspects of Modernization
Chair:  Andrew Targowski

Yasuhiro Yoshizaki: Transformation of the Modern Ego in American
Andrew Targowski:  The Second Structural Crisis of Civilization in History.

Coffee Break 3:00 to 3:15 PM

3:30 to 5:00 PM

Session A:  Islam and Modernity
Chair:  Hisanori Kato

Hisanori Kato:  Islamic Fundamentalists’ approach to multiculturalism: the case of Pesanteren Education in Indonesia
Faranak Bavardeh:  Comparative Study of Ibn Khaldun and Oswald Spengler: The Theory of Cycles.

Session B. Islam:  Book Reviews and a Paper
Chair: Tseggai Isaac

Tseggai Isaac: Founding Gods, Inventing Nations: Conquest and Culture Myths from Antiquity to Islam, by William F. McCants.
Abbey Perumpanani: The Arcadian Library: Western Appreciation of Arab and Islamic Civilization, by Alastair Hamilton,
Adan Stevens-Diaz:  Where Civilization Ends and Religious Faith Begins: Conversion Stories of Latino Muslims in the USA

5:00 to 6:00 PM:  Discussion and Presentation by ASILOMAR Park Ranger

DINNER 6:00 to 7:30

Session A.
7:30 to 8:30 PM (Round Tables and Plenaries)

Round Table: What is Civilization? Basic Definitions Discussed.
Moderator:  Michael Andregg

Abbey Perumpanani
David Wilkinson
Andrew Targowski

8:30-9:30  Specialization
Ross Maxwell:  Civilization, Specialization, Interdependence, Cooperation, and Trust.

FRIDAY, June 14, 2012
Breakfast 7 to 8:45 AM

9:00 to 10:15

Session A.  Civilizational Challenges
Chair:  John Grayzel

Tseggai Isaac:  Antidote or a Vehicle for the Normalization of Civilizational Decay.
Andrew Targowski: Lenin and Titley, The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age
John Grayzel:  From Change to Emergence Using Precursors of Religious Change as Indicators of the Emergence of a New Civilization.

Session B:  Asia
Chair:  Connie Lamb

Randall Groves: The Mekong: A Comparative Civilizationist’s Guide to Southeast Asia by way of Charles Higham’s Civilization of Angkor
Juri Abe:  When East Meets West: The Impact of Western Civilizations on Arinori Mori and Ousui Arai at the Dawn of Japan’s Modernization.
Connie Lamb: Peter B. Golden, Central Asia in World History

Coffee Break 10:15

10:30 to 11:45

Session A: Prehistory:  Primeval Origins of Mankind
Chair:  Laina Farhat-Holzman

James DeMeo: Saharasia: The Great Migrations of Desert Warrior Nomads Towards Fertile Lands
Harry Rhodes:  The Technology of Tools and Weapons:  Primeval Beginnings
Earnest B. Hook, A historical examination of the practices of medicine in the study of comparisons among civilizations

Session B: Other Civilizations
Chair:  Tseggai Isaac

Tseggai Isaac: Imperial China 900-1800, by Frederick W. Mote.
George Von der Muhll: Prague in Black and Gold, by Peter Demetz,
John Grayzel: India: Brief History of a Civilization, by Thomas R. Trautmann.

LUNCH 12 to 1:30 PM

1:30 to 2:45 PM

Session A: Strangers in a Strange World
Chair:  Lynn Rhodes

Enrico Beltramini: Double Religious Identity from the Story of a few European Catholic Clergymen in India.
Laina Farhat-Holzman: The Effect of Geography on the Future of Civilizations:  Mega-Cities.
Lynn Rhodes:  Civilizational Effects of Transition from a Pastoral to a Market-Driven Economy: Mongolia

Coffee Break 2:45

3:00 to 4:15
Session A. Books by ISCSC Members
Chair:  Michael Andregg

George Von der Muhll: Ten Inventions that Changed Everything, by Laina Farhat-Holzman
Laina Farhat-Holzman: Saharasia by James DeMeo
Michael Andregg: Intelligence:  A Unifying Construct for the Social Sciences, by Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen, Ulster Institute for Social Research, 2012, Ireland

Crocker Dining Hall, Woodlands South Room

Breakfast 8 to 9:00 AM

Session A
9:30 to 10:00 General Meeting and Election

10:00 to 11:00 New Board Meeting

Checkout and lunch

For those going on wine-tasting outing, meet at flagpole for tour van at 1:00 pm.