The Catholic University of America

 History of the Institute

The Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue (IISD) was founded in 1998 by the then School of Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America.

Its goal is to promote interreligious scholarship and to facilitate the academic study and communal practice of interreligious dialogue.

Since the beginning, the Institute and its partners have organized a sizeable number of events, some of which you can find in the history pages of this website.

Among the speakers at these events were Edward Cardinal Cassidy (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), Prof. Ahmad Iravani (Columbus School of Law), Prof. Jacques Dupuis S.J. (Gregorian University), Mr. Oded Ben Hur (Israel’s Ambassador to the Vatican), Prof. Francis Clooney (Boston College / Harvard Divinity School), and William Cardinal Keeler (Archbishop of Baltimore).

The Institute makes an endeavor to promote the academic study of different kinds of dialogue, with special attention to the relation between the academic world, the Roman Catholic Church, and the different religions as represented in the Washington metropolitan area.