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FAU Experts on Eastern Religions, China and Peace Studies

              BOCA RATON, FL (February 11, 2010)  – As Florida Atlantic University prepares for the arrival of His Holiness the 14 th  Dalai Lama of Tibet, as well as the Expressions of Peace Week events leading up to the visit, FAU faculty are available to discuss topics surrounding Eastern Asia, Eastern religions and peace, including:

Asian Studies/Buddhism

  • Kenneth Holloway   is   an assistant professor in FAU’s department of history and the director of FAU’s Asian Studies Certificate program. His research areas include Chinese and East Asian studies, Chinese religions and Buddhism.  Holloway can be reached at 561-297-1328 (office) or

  • Richard Shusterman   is FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities. One of his areas of study is Asian philosophies, including Buddhism. Schusterman also spent time in Japan, where he studied Zen. Shusterman can be reached at 561-297-0851 (office), 561-635-2733 (cell) or

Peace Studies

  • Noemi Marin   has been the director of FAU’s Peace Studies program since 2007. She is also an associate professor in FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. Marin has written a book and contributed to several other books about post-communist nations and Eastern Europe. Marin can be reached at 561-297-2623 (office), 561-395-0079 (home), 561-353-8148 (cell) or

  • Jeffrey Morton   was director of FAU’s Peace Studies program from   2001 to 2007. He is also a professor in FAU’s department of political science where he specializes in international relations and security studies. Morton is the founder and director of FAU’s Model United Nations Program. Morton can be reached at 561-297-3212 (office), 561-313-9106 (cell) or

  • Lynn Appleton   is on FAU’s Peace Studies Executive Committee and will be a moderator for Expressions of Peace Week events. She is also a professor in FAU’s department of sociology. Appleton has experience in the study of meditation and has been involved in FAU’s outreach program, the Peaceful Mind/Peaceful World series. She can be reached at 561-297-3813 (office), 561-866-8322 (cell) or

  • Josephine Beoku-Betts   is on FAU’s Peace Studies Executive Committee and will be a moderator for Expressions of Peace Week events. She is also interim director and professor of FAU’s Women’s Studies Program. Beoku-Betts can be reached at 561-297-2057 (office), 561-638-3375 (home) or

Conflict Resolution

  • Larry Liebovitch   is the associate dean and professor in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and is conducting research on a mathematical method called the dynamical systems theory that may lead to new ways of resolving conflicts amongst people and groups of people. He can be reached at 561-297-2239 (office) or

Criminology and Criminal Justice

  •   Mara Schiff  is an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at FAU where her research and publications are in restorative and community justice, substance abuse and juvenile justice.  Schiff recently published an article titled, “Restorative Community Justice” that suggests that government and the community share the responsibility to prevent and respond to crime and to look for ways to achieve peace. Schiff can be reached at 954-762-5638 (office), 954-599-5529 (cell) or

Holocaust and Human Rights Education

  • Rose Gatens   is the director of FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, a center that prepares primary and secondary school teachers in Florida to educate their students about the Holocaust. Gatens will be a moderator for Expressions of Peace Week events. She can be reached at 561-297-2929 (office), 561-504-7360 (cell) or

            For more information on FAU’s experts, contact Lisa Freed, assistant director of media relations at FAU, at 561-297-3022 or

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