The Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas will host a Jainism and the Environment Conference on Saturday, April 14.

Jainism is an ancient religion of India with central tenets of nonviolence, love toward all living beings, non-absolutism and non-possessiveness.

The conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building on the UNT campus. While the conference is free, attendees are asked to register at

Last September, George Alfred James, a professor in UNT's Department of Philosophy and Religion, was named the university's first Bhagwan Adinath Professor of Jain Studies. The professorship was created in UNT's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences with a $500,000 gift from the Jain Education and Research Foundation.

This is the first major public event supported by the Bhagwan Adinath professorship.

For more information about the conference, see the program.