International Gita Symposium 2020
The Bhagavad Gita and Humanity Today
Friday, 14 August 2020
8 am to 10 am (USA EST time)
8 pm to 10 pm (Singapore Time)
A partnership between the Gita Jayanti Committee (Singapore) and Seton Hall University's Institute for Communication and Religion (USA), this forum brings international scholars and faith leaders together to explore practical wisdom shared in the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu spiritual masterpiece.
This online event is free and open to the public. All who are interested in understanding the wisdom of The Bhagavad Gita and appreciating its contemporary relevance are invited. Persons from all faiths and religions are welcome.
Date: Friday, 14 August 2020 8 pm to 10 pm (Singapore Time), 8 am to 10 am (USA EST)
Sangachadwam – Harmony in Unity”
Dr. A.D. Amar, Professor of Management, Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, USA
Mr. G. Srinivasan by Chairman, Gita Jayanti Committee, Singapore
Dr. Mike Stebbins, Toth/Lonergan Visiting Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Seton Hall University, USA
ONLINE QUIZ on audience’s knowledge on The Bhagavad Gita
THE BHAGAVAD GITA AND INTER-RELIGIOUS INCLUSIVITY
Dr. Jon Radwan, Director - Institute for Communication and Religion,College of Communication and The Arts, Seton Hall University, USA
BHAGAVAD GITA AND INTERFAITH THEOLOGY
Rabbi Alan Brill, Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University, USA
THE BHAGAVAD GITA APPLIED TO MANKIND TODAY
Swami Sarvapriyananda, Minister & Spiritual Leader, Vedanta Society of New York of Ramakrishna Mission
THE BHAGAVAD GITA AND SPIRITUAL LIFE
Swami Samachittananda,President, Ramakrishna Mission Singapore
THE BHAGAVAD GITA: MANUAL FOR MODERN LIVING
Professor Vineeta Sinha, Head of Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
ONLINE QUIZ on audience’s knowledge on The Bhagavad Gita
VOTE OF THANKS
Mr. Mohamed Imran, Director of Centre for Interfaith Understanding (CIFU), Singapore
END OF EVENT
Dr. Jon Radwan is Director of the Institute for Communication and Religion in Seton Hall University’s College of Communication and The Arts. He earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of New Hampshire, an M.A. in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State University. His teaching and research focus on the intersection of Rhetoric and Religion, examining how ancient traditions influence contemporary public discourse.
Dr. Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Jewish studies in the Department of Religion and the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program. He specializes in interfaith theology, Jewish mysticism, modern Jewish thought and contemporary Jewish Orthodoxy and offers courses in medieval and modern Jewish thought, Jewish mysticism, interfaith encounter and Jewish theology.
Swami Sarvapriyananda is a prolific speaker and published scholar who currently serves as the Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York, an organization affiliated with the Ramakrishna Order of Hinduism. Since taking over the VSNY — which is the oldest society of its kind in the United States — in 2017, Sarvapriyananda has spoken on a range of religious issues such as "Spiritualizing Everyday Life" and "Karma and Freedom" at locations across the country.
Swami Samachittananda is the current President of Ramakrishna Mission Singapore. He is also a Council Member of Singapore’s 'Inter-Religious Organization".
Professor Vineeta Sinha is Head of Department at the Department of Sociology at National University of Singapore (NUS). She obtained her Master of Social Sciences from NUS and her Master and PhD in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. Her research and teaching interests include the following areas: Hindu religiosity in the Diaspora; religion-state encounters; religion, commodification and consumption practices; history and practice of sociology; critique of concepts and categories in the social sciences; rethinking the teaching of classical sociological theory.
A specialist in knowledge organization & management theory, Dr. A. D. Amar (Amar Dev Amar) received the 2013 Carolyn Dexter Finalist Award of the Academy of Management and 2010 NJBIA Bright Idea Award in Management of the NJPRO Foundation of New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA). He has more than 130 publications and more than 100 presentations. Among his books is an edited volume Managing by the Bhagavad Gītā (Springer 2018). He has been Director of SHUCAP, Director of MBA Assessment, Department Chair and Editor/Director of the Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business for 12 years. He served on the faculties in the USA, India, United Kingdom, Russia, Poland, and China.
A chartered accountant by profession, Mr. G Srinivasan has served as the Director of Singapore operations in a multinational trading company for 20 years. He also serves the General Manager and Financial Advisor for a group of companies with diversified operations in SE Asia until recently. In addition, Srinivasan is active in the religious and music circle, serving in positions on organizations like Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS), Singapore Dakshina Bharata Brahmana Sabha (SDBBS) and, most recently, as the Chairman of the Gita Jayanti HEB (Hindu Endowments Board) Sub-committee.
J. Michael Stebbins, Ph.D., has been appointed as Seton Hall University’s Toth/Lonergan Endowed Visiting Professor for the 2020-2021 academic year. Dr. Stebbins' areas of expertise include systematic theology, ethics, human cognition and decision-making, and the theological and philosophical work of Bernard Lonergan.
Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib is a founding Board member of the Centre for Interfaith Understanding in Singapore. He is former manager of Harmony Centre under the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, and an associate research fellow at the Studies in Interreligious Relations in Plural Societies programme at S Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Imran is an interfaith advocate, facilitator and writer. He is co-editor of Budi Kritik (2018, Ethos Books), a compilation of critical essays on Malay society. Some of his writings have been published in Channel NewsAsia, Today, The Straits Times and South China Morning Post. He recent essay, “Singapore’s Interfaith Landscape” was published in Fahy and Bock, eds., The Interfaith Movement (with Paul Hedges; Routledge, 2019). Imran is a graduate in philosophy and currently runs a community philosophy initiative in Singapore.
Registration Link Singapore: https://tinyurl.com/yag63lg8
Registration Link USA: https://www.shu.edu/communication-religion/international-gita-symposium.cfm