Inquisitive Minds Podcast Critical Thinking on History, Religion, Politics and Culture

We are happy to be back with our first episode of 2017! We wish all of our listener all the best in this new year. This episode contains the third and last part of a conference given by André Gagné during the first Global Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Forum organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS). The event was held on November 16 & 17, 2016 at Concordia University.

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This is part 2 of a conference given by André Gagné during the first Global Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Forum organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS). The event was held on November 16 & 17, 2016 at Concordia University.

* Please note that our next episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast will air on January 16th, 2017. We would like to wish all our listeners a Happy Holiday Season and all the best for the new year!
 
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This episode covers the first part of a conference given by André Gagné during the first Global Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Forum organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS). The event was held on November 16 & 17, 2016 at Concordia University and was made possible by the generous support of the Consulate General of the United States in Montreal. This forum brought together experts and practitioners from academia, the government and civil society. The goal was to discuss and find solutions to the current threat that violent extremism is posing to societies across the world.

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This week again, we continue with our topic on "Assaulting Cultural Heritage: ISIS's Fight to Destroy Diversity in Iraq and Syria." A conference on this theme was organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) and held at Concordia University on September 25-26, 2016. This episode focuses on the Christian tradition and notes some of the recent destructive actions brought about by ISIS from a comparative perspective. We end with a few words on the shared apocalyptic worldview embraced by some religious extremist groups.

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In the next two podcasts, we discuss some aspects of a recent conference entitled: Assaulting Cultural Heritage: ISIS's Fight to Destroy Diversity in Iraq and Syria. The event was organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) and was held at Concordia University on September 25-26, 2016. These episodes will focus on a paper given during the first panel of the conference on ISIS and the Intellectual Roots of Assaulting Cultural Heritage.

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This is special episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast on the terror attacks which happened earlier today (March 22, 2016) in Brussels, Belgium.

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Two weeks ago, the parliamentary secretary of the Canadian Defense Minister insisted that ISIS was "criminal organization with a religious veneer on it". A week later, the Premier of Canada stated that the country would stop airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, but would still participate in the coalition's effort to combat the jihadist group. In that same week, the Defense Minister was reportedly reluctant to call the conflict with IS a war. Is there a disconnect between the reality which the coalition forces face in the Middle East and the desire of the new Canadian government to keep its electoral promises at all costs?

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The month of August has been quite violent as people have witnessed the live killing of two reporters in the US, the murder of two family members in an Ikea store in Sweden, and a terrorist attack on a train between Paris and Amsterdam. This forces us to reflect on important issues such as immigration, religious violence, radicalization, culture, politics, economics, security, public policy, education and political correctness. We discuss these various events and their implications in this week's episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast.

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What is place of scholars and education in the fight against religious extremism? This week on the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we discuss a blog post by Calogero Miceli and an Op-Ed by André Gagné which seek to answer this important question. Are scholars of religion ready to take on a more proactive role in providing ideas and their critical assessment on the current wave of religious violence? We also ask how secular societies can counter self-proclaimed religious leaders and whether governments can establish educational policies to regulate religious extremism in the public sphere.

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