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Visiting International Scholar to Teach Course on Social Conflict

Story posted January 08, 2003

Gerald Peiris, senior professor of the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, will teach a half-semester course seminar during the months of February and March at Bowdoin on the subject of "Inter-Group Conflict in South Asia." The course is the first in a possible series of courses to be given by visiting international scholars in the future at the College.

Prof. Peiris has gained an international reputation for studying the causes of social conflicts in South Asia. He is the author and editor of a number of books that have focused on problems of corruption, the press, peace, poverty, environmental degradation and inter-group conflict. He is currently in the final stages of writing his latest book Sri Lanka: Challenges of the New Millennium.

He will give a public lecture titled "The Pursuit of Peace in the 21st Century: The Sri Lankan Case" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 5, in the Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center.

Peiris earned his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom in economic geography. In addition to teaching at the University of Peradeniya for more than thirty years, he has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Trondheim in Norway, the University of Maryland, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Western Australia. He has also been a consultant for various projects supported by the United Nations.

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