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PACIFIC RIM INSTITUTE FOR DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION

An international non-profit organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations
Corporate Offices : 2101 Camino Vida Roble, Suite D, Carlsbad, California, 92009     Tel/Fax: (760) 438-8825

International Mailing : 7720-B El Camino Real, Suite 511, Carlsbad, California, 92009 Tel/Fax: (760) 942-3392

www.pridengo.org     E-mail: Pride9@aol.com

Call for papers:

You are cordially invited to attend

THE 2ND INTERNATIONAL MULTI-CULTURAL SYMPOSIUM

On

"CURRENT INFLUENCES OF SECULAR ETHICS & RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE"

To be Held at
THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES (UCLA), USA

SEPTEMBER 14 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16, 2001

Sponsored by: Pacific Rim Institute For Development & Education (PRIDE) in concert with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Institute of World Religions (CASS) from the People's Republic of China

Co-Hosted by: The UCLA School of Public Health

Participants & Guests: Internationally renowned scholars, educators, and professionals from various disciplines, including distinguished scholars from the People's Republic of China

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* Broadcast of this important event will be arranged through media agencies within United States and China because of the 2001 Symposium's unique characteristics:

1.This is the first time the People's Republic of China has approved sending a large group of scholars of religion to participate in an international symposium outside of Mainland China.

2. For the first time, a bilingual symposium facilitating direct dialogue between Chinese and International top religious and secular scholars will take place.

3. This will be a unique opportunity to explore, compare and exchange views on the role of ethical and moral values to positively influence today's society.

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Dear distinguished Scholars & Professionals:

The Pacific Rim Institute for Development & Education and The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of World Religions, wishes to invite you, as a recognized expert in your professional discipline, to participate in the 2001 International Multi-Cultural Symposium addressing "Current Influences of Secular Ethics and Religious Conscience."

The 2001 Symposium will afford academics and professionals from all parts of the world the opportunity to participate with Chinese scholars in a bilingual sharing of thoughts, concepts, and creative visions. The conference will provide an e xceptional occasion for engaging in academic exchanges in areas of personal and interpersonal ethics and beliefs, as well as building new international friendships and connections for future collaborative efforts.

We anticipate a fertile, mutually respectful, and lively exploration of the ethical values and spiritual issues called into question by the uncertain status of religious and secular institutions throughout the world. PRIDE and CASS have arranged that similar symposiums will be held every two or three years.

Because the Symposium will be presented in both English and Chinese, we request that those intending to present papers register prior to June 15, 2001 ( it can be extended under special circumstance), submitting at that time a one-page abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a brief autobiography not to exceed 150 words. Papers need to be review by academics for possible suggestions. Complete manuscripts, on computer disk and in paper copy, need to be received by PRIDE about July 15, 2001. Presented manuscripts will be published following the symposium.

Each abstract will be available in English and Chinese prior to the start of the conference, affording attendees with the opportunity to review them before their presentation to better facilitate the discussion period. Each individual will have approximately ten minutes for presentation of their key point, followed by a period of discussion. The conference will include seven (7) plenary sessions and five (5) group-presentation sessions. In addition, free periods during the days and evenings will provide participants with the opportunity to pursue mutual interests, share published materials, and build professional and personal relationships.

The Symposium sponsors wish to provide every participant a chance to gain maximum benefit and inspiration from the proceedings. As became evident after the Beijing conference in 1998, participation in the Symposium serves to open new horizons in thought and action. The conference will stimulate participants to transcend the bounds of theoretical research, and help create practical models for addressing problems of an ethical or moral nature.

We look forward to your distinguished participation in this year's conference.

With sincere regards,

PACIFIC RIM INSTITUTE FOR DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION

Dr. Yu-An Rao - President

Attachments:
Section A: Symposium Sub-Topics & Abstract
Section B: Co-Sponsors
Section C: Registration and Accommodations

SECTION A: SYMPOSIUM SUB-TOPICS & ABSTRACT

Each individual who has been invited to participate in the Symposium brings expertise in a particular field of research and/or practice in a discipline which impacts upon the human condition. In this era of globalization, powered by instantaneous and, for the most part, unobstructed communication, we can observe the gradual improvement, reformation, erosion, or obliteration of many social and cultural standards that have heretofore served as a fundamental guide for our thoughts and actions. Consequently, the goal of the conference is to provide a congenial forum in which to share observations and conclusions concerning the status of societal conditions, and to consider their influence, potential or actual, upon the course of national, regional and global affairs.

To the end of affording consultation on these and other matters, a number of individuals and institutions have referred topics and related questions to the Symposium Peer Review Panel for conference consideration. We thought it informative to offer the following brief sampling of some of the topics submitted:

1.    "Moral and Ethical Teachings of the World's Major Religions"
2.    "Contrasting Sources & Implementation of Ethical Standards"
3.    "Globalization's Requirement of a Universal Code of Ethics"
4.    "Moral Standards in the Protection of Minorities, Women and Children"
5.    "Family & Societal Contributions to the Needs Basic in Child Development"
6.    "Ethical Differentials in Religious and Secular Belief"
7.    "The Value of Ethics in Student Core Curriculums"
8.    "The Need for Global Standards in the Prevention and Control of Disease"
9.    "Secular and Doctrinal Considerations in Population Control"
10.  "The Application of Moral Principles in Matters of Business & The Law"
11.  "The Change of Ethical Values in a Pluralistic Society"
12.  "The Family as a Path Towards Health"
13.  "Ethics & Economic"
14.  "Applying Religious Principles to today's Secular Challenges"

ABSTRACT CONFIRMATION & REPRODUCTION

You can E-mail a confirmation of your presentation abstract to the: Symposium@Pridengo.org", with copy to: Healy@pipeline.com

All papers should be submitted on disk, confirmed by Email attachment, in Microsoft Word format, Word 97 or later, or in Rich Text Format (RTF). If necessary, ASCII text can be accepted. Authors will be notified when their materials have been successfully transmitted.

A printed book of all abstracts will be available at the registration desk at the beginning of Symposium. Complete paper will be published after Symposium.

SECTION B: CO-SPONSORS:

THE CHINESE ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (CASS): This national agency supervises the study and research of a wide variety of matters of social concern in China, including economics, language, history, philosophy, religion and more.

THE INSTITUTE OF WORLD RELIGIONS (IWR): It is one of the largest religious research institutes in the world. The institute is comprised of a number of separate departments, each of which is responsible for the research and study of a specific religious system recognized by the Central Government. Among these departments are those dedicated to Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Bahá'í Faith.

THE PACIFIC RIM INSTITUTE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION (PRIDE): This is a 501(C3) tax-exempt international, Non-governmental organization, in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. PRIDE is engaged in international cultural, social, and economic development programs with individuals and institutions with goals designed to promote peace, friendship, harmony and prosperity throughout the world. It is committed to assist in the creation of a better understanding among different nationalities through education.

SECTION C: REGISTRATION & ACCOMMODATIONS

Please mail the registration form, registration fee, and room and board remittance (made payable to "PRIDE") to the following address:

PRIDE
2101 CAMINO VIDA ROBLE, SUITE D
CARLSBAD, CA 92009, USA

(You may also communicate with PRIDE through the PRIDE Website http:\\www.PrideNgo.org)

Conference Location and Address: The conference will be held at UCLA Sunset Village, Conference Plaza, located at 330 DeNeve Drive, 138707, Los Angeles, California, 90095-1387. It is situated on the Los Angeles campus of the University of California, and is in close proximity to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Communication with the Conference Plaza: The front desk is open 24 hours a day. To reach the PRIDE Conference at UCLA, call (310) 825-2275, or fax to (310) 206-2609, or mail to Sunset Village, 330 DeNeve Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90095-1316. The general information desk phone is (800) 854-5733. Transportation via bus and shuttle is available every 20 minutes to link travelers with locations inside and adjacent to the UCLA campus.


Name: __________________________________________

Name: __________________________________________
      (As you would like it to appear on your name badge)

Address: _________________________________________________________________

City: _____________State/Province: ____________Postal code: __________Country _________


Home Phone: _______________ Work Phone: ______________ FAX______________

E-mail Address: ___________________________________ Other: _______________________

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REGISTRATION & MATERIALS FEE (includes banquet and all printed materials):  
Conference Participant = US$ 120;   students or spouses = US$ 80 each

IF YOU ARE PRESENTING A PAPER OR REPORT, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING:

Title and description of your presentation
topic(s)______________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________
Will you require written translation services? Yes ___ No ___

If you have published materials that you would like presented to interested
persons, please furnish title of the material, field of expertise, and year
of publication: 

____________________________________________________________________________ ____

ACCOMMODATIONS:
Note:  Please mark your choice in the bracketed area.

1.  At Sunset Village:
[  ] Double Room, 4 person Shared Bath, Three Conference Meals - US$ 78
per day per person
[  ] Double Room, 2 person Private Bath, Three Conference Meals - US$ 82
per day per person 
[  ] Single Room, Shared Bath, Three Conference Meals  --  US$ 116 per
day per person
[  ] Single Room, Private Bath, Three Conference Meals  --  US$ 126 per
day per person

2.  At Residential Hall :

[  ] Triple Room, Shared Bath, Three Conference Meals   --   US$ 52 per
day per person
[  ] Double Room, Shared Bath, Three Conference Meals --   US$ 59 per day
per person
[  ] Single Room, Shared Bath, Three Conference Meals   --   US$ 89 per
day per person

Note 1: The above packages include complementary use of the UCLA library and
UCLA's Olympic-quality recreational facilities, which feature an outdoor
swimming pool, tennis and racquetball courts, and workout facilities.  

Note 2: Please remit the Registration Fee and the charge for Room & Board by
money order or check only (preferably drawn on a U.S. Bank if possible.)
       
Note 3: In accordance with UCLA regulations, a $20.00 cancellation fee will
be charged if a reservation is  canceled after April 15, 2001. In the event
of a cancellation after July 1, 2001, no refund will be given. The rooms at
UCLA go fast. If you register too late to get a room on campus, there is a
Holiday Inn near the conference location with a shuttle bus, with a double
room rate between $ 135 to $ 145,  not including meals.    


OBSERVER AND COMMUTER PARTICIPANT

Meals and parking tickets may be purchased separately by  those not using
accommodations on campus.  Those wishing to attend only the Grand Banquet
may purchase tickets (US$ 50 per person) for that Saturday evening banquet.


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