Skip to Main Content
Skidmore College

Inclement Weather Update

Due to current weather conditions, Skidmore College will suspend operations tomorrow, Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Residence halls and the dining hall will remain open for students on campus and those who are able to return to campus on Sunday. However, all other scheduled activities have been cancelled.

Essential staff should report as scheduled. Facilities Services will continue to work throughout the storm. Read more at www.skidmore.edu/alert/

"Owning God"

March 9, 2018
Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob
Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob

Communications and conflict resolution scholar Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob of Dickinson College will visit Skidmore March 21–23 to deliver a public lecture and meet with students and faculty. His lecture, titled "Owning God: Religious Identity, Imagined Belongings and Terrorism in a Radically Interconnected World," will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in Gannet Auditorium of Palamountain Hall, followed by a Q&A session and reception.

"In this presentation," Jacob writes, "I connect the concept of religious identity to transcendental regimes of meaning and imagined belongings. I argue that terrorism cannot be understood without first understanding the normative influence of religious identity."

Jacob is a visiting international scholar in international studies and political science whose teaching and research interest is located at the intersection between communications, conflicts and peacebuilding in Nigeria, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to his appointment at Dickinson he was chair of the Communications & Multimedia Design Program and interim dean in the School of Arts & Science at the American University of Nigeria. He is a strong advocate of the integrative and applied teaching and learning methods.

Jacob has led the implementation of international projects to support peacebuilding in Nigeria, including working with journalists, editors and others to facilitate a more nuanced coverage of the Boko Haram insurgency. He is the author of Convincing Rebel Fighters to Disarm: UN Information Operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DeGruyter 2017). Jacob earned his Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He has held a visiting position at New York University's Center on International Cooperation, where he initiated the research project on religious identity and violent extremism.

Leading up to his lecture, Jacob will meet with faculty, students and the community to discuss his work.

Jacob's visit is sponsored by the following offices, departments and programs: Civic Engagement, Dean of the Faculty, Gender Studies, Intergroup Relations, International Affairs, International Student Union, Management and Business, Media and Film Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity and World Languages and Literatures.

Related News


Skidmore+student+in+her+hammock+during+the+winter
The snow has fallen. The temperature has dropped. Winter is here and, believe it or not, we’re thrilled.
Jan 18 2019

Skidmore+chefs+prepare+plates+for+culinary+competition
Skidmore's dining services team recently earned its sixth consecutive gold medal for culinary excellence in an American Culinary Federation (ACF) sanctioned competition.
Jan 14 2019

Heidi+Birch+%2722
"I’m Heidi Birch ’22 and I spent my first semester at Skidmore in London. Was it what I expected? No. Was each moment a gift? Absolutely."
Jan 11 2019