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CLAS Lecture Series: Religion and Violence: A Latino American Paradox? The Case of Peruvian Suburban Cities

Religion and Violence: A Latino American Paradox? The Case of Peruvian Suburban Cities
Speaker: Veronique Lecaros
Focusing mainly on Peru, this seminar aims at tackling one of the many paradoxes of Latin America. As demonstrated by its homicide rate, the continent is the most violent in the world, nevertheless its people are devout Christian. Although nuns, priests and pastors fight heroically against violence and churches, mainly Evangelical ones, succeed in getting delinquents out of mafias through conversion, we contend that an "elective affinity", in the Weberian sense, can be found between violence and some Christian beliefs and practices. Many governments, in their use of violence, behave like and feel justified by the Almighty God who rewards and punishes and who may impose order violently. This reflection helps understand how religion may foster violence, and how it could promote peace through human recognition and dialogue.
Véronique Lecaros has a Master's in Philosophy from Stanford University and from the University of the Sorbonne (Paris), a PhD in Art History (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) and in Catholic theology (Strasbourg University). She was a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford from 1995-1996. She is currently a Researcher at the Jesuit University, Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (Lima, Peru), and is the author of several books and articles on Peru and on religion.



Friday, May 6, 2016. 12:30 PM


Bolivar House, 582 Alvarado Row


Center for Latin American Studies


(650) 725-0383


Free and open to the public | Lunch provided at noon | No RSVP necessary