Promotional webpage for the 30th annual meeting of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (ISCSC), in Newark, New Jersey, United States (30 May-03 Jun 01). Safety copy Jul 2001. Shortcut to my talk of 31 May 01. Original document.
The Secret of the West

Program Committee ISCSC 30th Annual Meeting 2001 Rutgers Campus at Newark

Wayne Bledsoe, Ex Officio, President ISCSC, University of Missouri-Rolla
Michael Andregg, Ground Zero
Keisuke Kawakubo, Reitaku University, Japan
Elpidio Laguna-Diaz, Rutgers University, Campus at Newark, New Jersey
Ashok Malhotra, State University of New York
Matthew Melko, Wright State University, Ohio
Michael Palencia-Roth, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champain
David Wilkinson, University of California

Local Arrangements Committee

Asela Rodriguez de Laguna, Chair
Lynn Mullins, Director, Dana Library
Gerrald Messenger, Director, Robeson Campus Center
Local Co-Sponsors
Office of the Provost: Dr. Norman Samuels, Provost
Office of the Dean: Dr. Steven Diner, Dean FAS-N 
John Cotton Dana Library

Hispanic Civilization Program
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
Robeson Campus Center
Rutgers-Newark Latino Caucus Faculty and Staff
Joseph P. Fernandes Memorial Trust Fund

In Memoriam

Roger W. Wescott

1925 - 2000

ISCSC Founder, Past President, Scholar, Friend


May 30 - June 3, 2001 Robeson Campus Center (all sessions will meet on the second floor)


Afternoon: Early Registration from 12:00 Noon on at Robeson Campus Center

Executive Committee Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Robeson Campus Center 227


8:00 AM Registration begins Robeson Campus Center

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Session 1: Book Reviews I: Robeson 256

Organizer: David Wilkinson.

Chair: Ronald R. Robel

Books and Reviewers

Thomas Allsen. Commodity and Exchange in the Mongol Empire. Reviewer: Midori Y. Rynn

Susan Whitfield. Life Along the Silk Road. Reviewer: Ronald R. Robel

Session 2: Debatable Civilizations: Robeson 255

Chair: Leighton R. Scott. Appalachian State University.

Leighton R. Scott. Debating Civilizations.

David Richardson. Charlotte, NC. Is the Mid-Eastern Worldview a Religion?.

Kazutake Miyahara.Kobe City University, Japan. Naming Civilizations.

Session 3: Interdependent Specialists, Elites and the History of Cities: Robeson 257

Chair: Matthew Melko

Lee Snyder. New College, University of South Florida. From Macro to Micro: It Takes Three

to Dance: Civilization and the Urban Dynamic.

Ross Maxwell. Institute of Historical Study, San Francisco, CA. Interdependent Specialists, Cooperative Systems and Culture Systems.

Matthew Melko. Wright State University,OH. The Civilizational Cycle.

Session 4: Civilizational Issues: Robeson 226

Chair: Michael Andregg

George Von der Muhll. University of California, Santa Cruz. Politics in Imperial China: the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Comparative Perspective.

Dong Sull Choi. Brigham Young University, Utah Exploration and Reality of the Chinese Diaspora, the World's Greatest and Continuing Migration..

Discussants: Robert C. Hanson, Edward Rose, Zeke Little. Comparing Semantic Structures of Written and Unwritten Languages: Common Understandings, Part II

LUNCH 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (on your own) You may use the Robeson Center's Faculty Club on the second floor.

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Session 5: Globalization and China: Robeson 226

Chair: Danny Paau

Ricardo K.S. Mak. Hong Kong Baptist University. The Global Vision of World History Writings in Contemporary China.

Danny Paau. Hong Kong Baptist University From Traditional Chinese Cosmopolitanism to Globalism: China's Response to the West.

Hung-yok Yip. Oregon State University In Search of Cosmopolitanism: Creating a New State and Self by Chinese Communist Intellectuals, 1921-1949..

Session 6: Book Reviews II: Robeson 256

Organizer: David Wilkinson

Chair: Laurence G. Wolf

Books and Reviewers

Kathryn Lomas. Roman Italy. Reviewer: Michael DeMichelle

George Holmes (ed.). The Oxford History of Italy. Reviewer: Gloria Sottile

John Boardman. The Greeks Overseas. Reviewer: Laurence G. Wolf

Session 7: Globalization: Robeson 257

Chair: Wayne Bledsoe. University of Missouri, Rolla

Boris Erasov. Institute for Oriental Studies and Moscow University. The Structure of Global Ethics: Ambivalence and Deviance.

Lee Staufer. New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas. Globalization as a Signal of the Next Stage in Cultural Evolution.

Yoichi Shimemura. Musashino Women's University, Tokyo. Globalization Versus Americanization: Is the World Being Americanized by the Dominance of American Culture?

BREAK 2:30 - 3:00 PM

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Session 8: Traditions Versus Civilizations: Robeson 226

Chair: Stedman Noble

Walter Benesch. University of Alaska. Traditions and Civilizations: Another Approach to Understanding World History. .

Stedman Noble. Washington,D.C.. The Opening of the Silk Route Around 2000 BCE.

Participants: Laina Farhat-Holzman, William H. King, Walter Benesch.

Session 9:Globalization and Civilizations: Robeson 255

Chair: Michael Andregg

Norman C. Rothman. University of Maryland. Indian Ocean Trading Links: A Comparative Analysis.

Dong-Hyeon Jung. Pusan National University, Korea. Globalization: New Dynamics That Challenge the Traditional Economic System.

David Cosandey. Switzerland. The Shape of the Coastline and the Rise of the West.

Session 10: Book Review III: Robeson 256


Chair: Lee Stauffer

Books and Reviewers

Beatrix Midant-Reynes. The Prehistory of Egypt. Reviewer: Laurence G. Wolf

J.G. Mcqueen. The Hittites. Reviewer: George von der Muhl

David Drew. The Lost Chronicles of the Maya Kings. Reviewer: Lee Staufer

4:45 - 6:15 PM

Session 11: Civilizations or Peoples? Open Roundtable Robeson 256

Presenter: Wallace Gray. Civilizations or Peoples: Naming Civilizations

Respondents: David Wilkinson. University of California, Berkeley; Matthew Melko. Wright

State University; Eiji Hattori. Reitaku University, Japan.

7:00 PM Reception : Robeson Center Faculty Lounge

Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Steve Diner, Dean Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Newark.


9:00 - 10:15AM

Session 12: Plenary Session: Robeson Multipurpose Room East, Second Floor.

Presenter: Wayne Bledsoe

Ya'Kov Kahanov. The Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies. University of Haifa, Israel.

The Maagan Mikhael Ship Project: Excavation, Conservation, Research and Exhibition.

BREAK 10:15 - 10:45AM

10:45 - 11:30AM

Session 13: Plenary Session: Robeson Multipurpose Room East

Presenter: Wayne Bledsoe

Alberto Vieira. ( Centro do Estudos das Ilhas do Atlántico Center for the Study of the History of the Atlantic Islands.), Madeira (Portugal). Sponsored by the Joseph P. Fernandes Memorial Trust Fund.

The Islands and the Atlantic System.

LUNCH 12:00 - 1:30 PM (on your own) You may use the Robeson Center Faculty Club

Executive Board Meeting: Robeson 227

1:30 - 3:15 PM

Session 14: Vitautas Kavolis Remembered

Chair: Palmer Talbutt. Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA.

Palmer Talbutt. Vitautas Kavolis: Founder of ISCSC, Civilizationist.

Corinne Gilb - discussant. Atherton, CA.

Session 15: Religions and Civilizational Change: Robson 255

Chair: Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo. PARAL, Brooklyn College, NY

Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo. Earth Religions and Book Religions: The Religious Door to Civilizational Encounter.

Andras Tapolcai. PARAL, Brooklyn College, NY. The Festival of a Romani ("Gypsy") Saint: Syncretism and Race in the Cult of Black Sara (Sara la Kali).

Jaime Vidal. Director, Franciscan Press, Quincy, ILL.. Medieval Franciscanism As a Religious Renewal of European Civilization.

Session 16: Essential Questions: Robson 257

Chair: Matthew Melko.

Downing Bowler. Deerfield, NH.. Why Me, Why Now, Why At All, and Why are You Asking?

Walter Benesch. University of Fairbanks, AK.. Existence As Concept and Condition ( What do we mean? Of Parmenides versus Gorgias). .

Donald Burgy. Massachusetts School of Art. The Forethought of 25 Francis Road..

Session 17: Book Reviews IV: Robson 256


Chair: Leighton R Scott

Books and Reviewers

Mesoamerica (vol. II, parts 1 and 2). Reviewer: Leighton R. Scott*

South America (vol. III, parts 1 and 2). Reviewer: Wallace Gray*

(* Note:reviews are of volumes in the "Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas" )

Wallace Gray will also comment on Keisuke Kawakubo's new book on Civilizations (Japanese text).

BREAK 3:15 -3:45 PM

3:45 - 5:30 PM

Session 18: Japanese Civilization: Is it One?, None, or Many?: Robson 255

Chair: Wayne Bledsoe

Keisuke Kawakubo. Reitaku University, Japan. The Status of Japanese Civilization.

Respondent: Midori Y. Rynn. Scranton University,PA.

Session 19: Globalization and Knowledge: Robson 257

Chair: Michael Palencia-Roth

Akio Ohmoto. Information Technology and Civilizations.

Dário Borim. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth College. Threads and Traps of the Panamerican Quilt: the Interplay of Individual and Community in Cabezas, Barrios de Chungara and Menchú.

Alex H. Westfried. The Journey for Equality and Freedom of Urban Middle-Class Women: a Mosaic of Contrasts of American and Brazilian Women.

Session 20: Book Reviews V: Robson 256

Organizer: David Wilkinson

Chair: Matthew Melko

Books and Reviewers

Jacques Barzun. From Dawn to Decadence. Reviewer: Palmer Talbutt

Boris Erasov. Sravnitelnoe Izuchenie Tsivilizatsiy (Comparative Civilizations: A Reader.

Reviewer: David Richardson

William McGaughey. Five Epochs of Civilization, and Roger Wescott. Arcana.

Reviewer: Matthew Melko

Simon Coleman and John Elsner. Past and Present in the World Religions. Harvard

University Press, Cambridge, 1995. Reviewer: Corinne L. Gilb. Atherton, California

7:30 PM Cash Bar Reception: Seabra's Rodizio's Lobby


Seabra's Rodizio - participants may take the restaurant's courtesy van at the front of the Robert Treat Hotel. Ethnic Music


8:30 - 10:15 AM

Session 21: Historiographical Paradigms: Robson 255

Chair: Michael Palencia-Roth. University of Illinois Urbana-Champain.

Gonzalo Pasamar. University of Zaragoza, Spain. El Concepto de "Paradigma"y su Importancia en la Historia de la Historiografía (The Concept of "Paradigm"and Its Importance in the History of Historiography ).

Carlos Barros. University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. La Propuesta Historiográfica de Historia a Debate. (The Historiographical Proposal of History on Debate ).

Session 22: Civilizational Issues: Robson 257

Chair: Palmer Talbutt

William McGoughey. Minnesota Civilization as a Worldwide Cultural Entity Divided into Five Parts.

Ozaki Makoto. Tanabe and Whitehead on Experience. Sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

Kim Hye-Kyung. Confucius and Socrates: Critical Thinking and Self-Knowledge.

Session 23: Book Reviews VI: Robson 256


Chair: Michael Andregg

Books and Reviews

Kike Wadatsumi no Koe. Listen to the Voices from the Sea. Reviewer: Laina Farhat-Holzman

Patrick Kirch. On the Road of the Winds. Reviewer: George von der Muhll

Barrington Moore Jr.. Moral Purity and Persecution in History, and Doyne Dawson. The Origins of Western Warfare. Reviewer: Michael Andregg

BREAK 10:15 - 10:45 AM

10:45 - 12:15 PM

Session 24: Diasporas: Robson 255

Chair:Corinne L. Gilb. Atherton Press, California.

Nicolás NGOU-MVE. Centre d'Etudes Afro-Ibero-Americaines, Gabon, Africa (in Spanish). Bantu Africa's impact in Hispanic America through the slave trade

Victor Roudemetof. Washington and Lee University, Virginia. Transnationalism and Globalization: the Greek Orthodox Diaspora Between Orthodox Universalism and Transnational Nationalism.

William Harris King. The Sogdians: A Merchant Diaspora and Their Homeland.

Session 25:Book Reviews VII: Robson 256


Chair: Wayne Bledsoe

Books and Reviewers

Charles Melville (ed.) Safavid Persia. Reviewer: Laina Farhat-Holzman

J.W.Esherick (ed.). Remaking the Chinese City, and Y. Xu. The Chinese City in Time and

Space. Reviewer: Ronald R. Robel

George Holmes ( ed.). Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe. Reviewer: Wayne Bledsoe

12:15 -12:45 PM BUSINESS MEETING - for all ISCSC members. Robson Multipurpose Room East.

LUNCH 12:45 - 2:00 PM

2:00 - 3:45 PM

Session 26: Globalization and Civilizations: Robson 255

Chair: Midori Y. Rynn

Laina Farhat-Holzman. Aptos, California. The Globalization of Religion: the Next Battlefield..

Eiji Hattori. Reitaku University. The Route of Mahayana Buddhism Through the Southern Sea.

Session 27: Globalization and Africa: Robson 257

Organizer/Chair Gloria Emeagwali. Central Connecticut State University.

Olayumi Akinwari. Freie Universitat, Berlin. Germany and Africa.

Tunde Zack-Williams. Central Lancashire University. The effects of globalization on Sierra Leone.

Aisha Shamad. Trans-Oceanic migration and the Horn of Africa in the era of globalization

Gloria Emeagwali. The impact of globalization on African entrepreneurs

Session 27: Civilizational Issues

Chair: Asela Rodríguez de Laguna

Brazil and Global Challenges: Robson 257

Maristela de Franceschi. Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brasil. Reader/Presenter of:

Eloy Alves Filho. Federal University of Viçosa and INCRA/MG. Brazil. The Country Requires Space to be Subject.

Wenceslau Gonçalves Neto. Federal University of Viçosa and INCRA/MG, Brazil. Schools That Represent a Possibility of Formation of Several Identities.

Arlete Maria Feijó Salcides. University Centre FEEVALE, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Teachers in the Show of Life.

Cristianne M. Famer-Rocha. Sao Paulo University, Brazil. Knowledge Webs: Virtual Entanglements

Ashok K. Malhotra. State University of New York, Oneonta. Building an Elementary School for the Underprivileged Children of Dundlod, Rajasthan, India.