George Wolfe book signing set Tuesday at Eli's Books

Sunday, December 20, 2015
George Wolfe

Author and saxophonist Dr. George Wolfe, the former director of the Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and a musician who has become a local favorite through appearances at the Greencastle Summer Music Festival and DePauw University, will sign copies of his new book Tuesday, Dec. 22 in Greencastle.

Wolfe will sign his book, "Meditations on Mystery: Science, Paradox and Contemplative Spirituality," at Eli's Books in Greencastle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The concepts of paradox and mystery lie at the heart of both modern scientific thought and contemplative spirituality. Wolfe brings together believers and nonbelievers around the concept of mystery in an effort to end the hostile rhetoric that has been exchanged between these two groups over the past several years.

It is also Professor Wolfe's attempt to reach anyone who fails to appreciate the rich symbolism and wisdom found in the ancient religious texts that continue to impact our world. The deeper we dig into the physical universe, the more astonishing and incomprehensible it becomes, and the more we are confronted with mystery.

A professor emeritus, Wolfe served as director of Peace Studies at BSU from 2002-06. He is a certified mediator and was trained to conduct interfaith dialogue at All-Faiths Seminary International in New York City where he was ordained an interfaith minister. In 1991, he was awarded an open fellowship from the Eli Lilly Endowment which made possible his first trip to India.

Wolfe, who has been a featured speaker in the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution, served as a panelist at the annual International Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colo. He has also served as a visiting scholar at Limburg Catholic University in Belgium. In the spring of 2007, he presented peace education workshops in the island nation of Saint Lucia by invitation of the Ministry of Education.

Wolfe is the author of "The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence: Interfaith Understanding for a Future Without War," which has been endorsed by Arun Gandhi, Bishop William E. Swing, and peace educator Michael N. Nagler.

Conservative political commentator David Horowitz has listed Professor Wolfe as "one of the 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America."

Wolfe is also a classical saxophonist who held the rank of professor of music performance at Ball State. He has appeared as a soloist with such ensembles as the Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force, Chautauqua Motet Choir, the U.S. Navy Band Brass Quintet, the Indianapolis Children's Choir and the Saskatoon Symphony.

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