The Catholic University of America

Spring 2012 Events

"Islam, Policy, and the Changing Doctrine of Multiculturalism: How Countries are Understanding their New Sense of Pluralism"

February 1, 2012

American University

The American University Islamic Lecture Series Planning Committee would like to invite you to attend and participate in the dialogue event "Islam, Policy, and the Changing Doctrine of Multiculturalism: How Countries are Understanding their New Sense of Pluralism" on Wednesday, February 01. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact

The Third Annual Al-Alwani Lecture on “Good Works and Good Work”

February 13, 2012

El-Hibri Charitable Foundation

Featuring Dr. Waleed Al-Ansary of Xavier University and Dr. Richard Jones of the Washington Theological Consortium.  It will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm, February 13 with reception at the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation, 1420 16th St. NW, in Washington.  It is due east of the Dupont Circle Metro, and has street parking.  This is a new co-sponsored event with El-Hibri, a foundation dedicated to dialogue, peace-building, and public education.

The link of the event is here:

Lunch and Discussion with Archbishop Kevin McDonald

Archbishop Kevin McDonald

Co-sponsored with St. Paul's College

April 26, 2012
Lunch will be served at 12 noon, followed by an informal discussion

St. Paul's College

Archbishop McDonald was ordained a priest in 1974 and completed a licentiate in Moral Theology in 1975.From 1985-1993 he worked as an official with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, specifically working with Anglican relations, while completing a doctorate.As a parish priest in Sparkhill, a Birmingham community with a large Muslim population, from 1993-1998, he developed an interest in interreligious dialogue.He was ordained Bishop of Northamption in May 2001, and was installed as Archbishop of Southwark in December 2003 and retired in December 2009.He is currently the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales’ Committee for Other Faiths and of the Committee for Catholic-Jewish Relations and a Catholic representative to the Christian Muslim Forum.Recently, Archbishop McDonald presented “Meeting God in Friend and Stranger,” a document on interreligious dialogue from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in an article in The Tablet,which can be found here.

Read more here.

InterFaith Conference Spring Dialogue: "Understanding the Swastika: The Uses and Abuses of Religious Symbols"

Sponsored by the InterFaith Conference, co-cosponsored by the Interfaith Council and Religious Studies Club of American University and the Vine and Fig Project

Sunday, April 29, 2012
3-6 PM followed by a reception

Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St., NW (at Massachusetts Ave.)

Come learn about the many meanings and uses that the swastika as well as other religious symbols have had over thousands of years. A diverse faith panel will speak about the symbols and their meanings from their perspectives. There will be small group discussions about the uses of the symbols and the meanings that each of us associate with them today. It is an opportunity to participate in a dialogue that will promote more understanding of the swastika and other religious symbols.


Dr. Sovan Tun, Buddhist
Dr. D.C. Rao, Hindu
Rabbi Noah Fabricant, Jewish
Rev. Carol Flett, Protestant
Small groups will be led by facilitators


$10 for students and seniors / $15 for adults
Please RSVP by April 22, 2012 at
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"Understanding Religious Pluralism:  Perspectives from Religious Studies and Theology"

May 23-25, 2012

Georgetown University 

Religious diversity and pluralism, though a constant feature of human history, is being increased in our time, especially by migration, globalization, and geopolitical events. It has emerged as one of the key issues for the promotion of world peace and religious harmony. To provide scholars and graduate students in religion and theology opportunities to explore further the issues of religious pluralism, a conference will be held at Georgetown University, May 23-25, 2012.

Keynote Speakers

  • Thomas Tweed, University of Texas at Austin
  • Paula Fredriksen, Boston University
  • Tom Michel, SJ, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University
  • S. Mark Heim, Andover Newton Theological School