Invitation from University of Hawai'i to as Plenary Speaker for the Eleventh East-West Philosophers’ Conference: May 25-31, 2016


14 May 2015

Prof. Yomna Tareef Elkholy

Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts

University of Cairo

Cairo. Egypt


Invitation to as Plenary Speaker for the Eleventh East-West Philosophers’ Conference: May 25-31, 2016


Dear Professor Elkholy:


For more than three-quarters of a century the University of Hawai’i has been a center for an East-West dialogue carried on by the most prominent philosophers of the world. This dialogue began in 1939 when three visionaries—Professors Charles A. Moore, Wing-tsit Chan, and Gregg Sinclair—initiated the first East-West Philosophers’ Conference inHonolulu. Its aim was to explore the significance of Eastern ways of thinking as a complement to Western thought, and to develop a possible synthesis of the ideas and ideals. Comparative philosophy has evolved from this earliest idea to pursue a mutual accommodation among the world’s cultures, with conferences continuing to be held in 1949, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1989, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2011. Each of these conferences focused on a theme chosen as a vital issue of its time.


These conferences have been successful in fostering dialogue among philosophical traditions, and were instrumental in the establishment of the East-West Center on the campus of the University of Hawai’i in 1960 and in the founding of Philosophy East & West, now one of the leading journals on comparative studies, in 1951. Conference volumes from papers presented at these conferences have been published to further promote discussion on its theme within the world academic community.


We are now making preparations for the Eleventh East-West Philosophers’ Conference on the theme, “Place” to be convened May 25 – 31, 2016. We are inclosing the Call for Papers with this invitation that describes the aspirations of this academic congress.


The conference is officially co-sponsored by the University of Hawai’i, Department of Philosophy, and the East-West Center, and will last for one week, giving participants the opportunity to engage in extended discussion, as well as to present papers and participate in various panels and workshops. It is our honor on behalf of the conference to extend to you an invitation to present a plenary address and to participate in the Eleventh East-West Philosophers’ Conference as a senior distinguished scholar. The conference will cover the expenses for your economy transportation, lodging, and meals. A number of related cultural and recreational events are also being planned.


We are hoping that you will present a paper on a topic that you feel to be appropriate within the general outlines of the conference theme. Our colleague Tamara Albertini on our organizing committee is available to answer any questions that you might have on this issue. To facilitate the planning of the program, we would be grateful if you could provide us with a title and a one-paragraph abstract of your paper by September 1, 2015, with a draft of the paper forwarded to us by March 1, 2016.  Since a major conference volume will be published following the conference, you will be asked to sign a publication agreement for possible inclusion in this volume once the Publication Committee makes its final selection. Your final written paper should be of standard length (approximately 20-30 pages, double-spaced).


To arrange for your air travel, please contact Lori Serikawa at City Travel Center Corp (808-593-8808

) with your travel information, and she will provide you with the ticket and bill the symposium directly.


For non-American citizens, attached please find a letter to be presented when arranging travel to the United States at the Embassy or to the immigration officer when entering the country at the border, as appropriate.

Be certain to enter as a business traveler rather than tourist to allow for payment of the above-mentioned expenses.

We are looking forward to your contribution to this unique and truly historic gathering.


Your participation will greatly enhance the work of the conference, and it will be our pleasure to welcome you to the Islands in May of 2016.


With all good wishes.



Yours sincerely,





Roger T. Ames

Peter D. Hershock





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