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Cedarville University’s Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, assistant professor of political science, recently fulfilled invitations to speak at international conferences on political theory. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

May 5, 2005

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University`s Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, assistant professor of political science, recently fulfilled invitations to speak at international conferences on political theory. Moreno-Riaño was the keynote speaker for the seminar "Ethics, Political Theory, and the Search for Freedom and Peace" at the University of Oslo (UO) in April. The seminar was presented in cooperation with PRIO (International Peace Research Institute in Oslo), UO`s Ethics Program, the Seminar for Medieval Thought at the UO Department of Philosophy, and the Otto-Fried Foundation in Norway. Moreno-Riaño is one of America`s foremost authorities on the thought of Marsilius of Padua, a radical European political philosopher of the 14th century. In a two-hour presentation to some of Norway`s leading scholars, Moreno-Riaño spoke about Marsilius of Padua`s "Defensor pacis," which is one of the Middle Ages` most important works of political thought and had an important influence in Reformation thought and the political theology of subsequent centuries. PRIO also invited Moreno-Riaño to hear His Highness the Aga Khan, direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammed and grandson of the founder of the League of Nations, speak at The Nobel Institute in Oslo. Moreno-Riaño had an opportunityto meet and talk with HH the Aga Khan as well as dignitaries of the Norwegian foreign ministry department. Also in April, Moreno-Riaño spoke at the Renaissance Society of America conference at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) in a seminar titled "The Papacy and Its Critics during the Renaissance." Moreno-Riaño`s paper "Marsilius of Padua and Renaissance Political Thought" addressed the issue of political sovereignty in the works of Marsilius of Padua, Dante, and Machiavelli. Moreno-Riaño joined the CU faculty in 1999 and teaches courses on American national government and political theory. The Springfield resident is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at the University of Cincinnati. -30-