The Catholic University of America

Spring 2013 Events

Religion and the Environment

Professor Ibrahim Saleh K. Al-Naimi, Doha Interfaith Center for International Dialogue and Qatar University

Thursday, February 7th, 2013
2:00 PM
Reception to Follow

Slowinski Courtroom
The Catholic University of America

In concert with the Law and Religion Program at the Columbus School of Law, Jewish Law Students Association, and the Center for Interreligious Understanding, the Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue sponsors Professor Ibrahim Saleh K. Al-Naimi's presentation "Religion and the Environment".

Their Joint City: Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem before 1948 War

Professor Menachem Klein, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Wednesday, Febraury 13, 2013
4:00 PM

Slowinski Courtroom
The Catholic University of America

Columbus School of Law Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion and the Jewish Law Students Association

Professor Klein is a leading scholar of the Middle East peace process. He is also a religious peace activist whose work on the Geneva Accord is discussed in A Possible Peace Between Israel and Palestine: An Insider’s View of the Geneva Initiative (2007) He has published numerous books on Jerusalem included Jerusalem :The Contested City(2001). His most recent book on middle east issues is The Shift: Israel –Palestine from Border Struggle to Ethnic Conflict(2010).

A Rabbi Encounters the Catholic Church: A Conversation with the First Rabbi Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome

Rabbi David Meyer, Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
7:30 PM

Keane Auditorium, McGivney Hall
The Catholic University of America

Crossroads Cultural Center and Radius

In the wake of the Holocaust, many Jews are questioning their people's covenant with God. Yet at the same time, the Catholic Church is vigorously affirming the enduring value of this covenant. This paradox is the sign of the misunderstandings and insights that emerge when Jews and Christians venture to meet without bracketing their faith.

Rabbi David Meyer will discuss these encounters, and in particular what he brings his students at one of the world's top Catholic seminaries, what they bring him, and how they have tackled together difficult issues that face all those who believe (and doubt) in God today.

Engaging Particularities XI: New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions, and Missiology

March 22-24, 2013

Boston College

In keeping with the 1995 General Congregation of the Society of Jesus’ initiatives on interreligious dialogue, the U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue and the Boston College Theology Department announce their ninth annual graduate student conference in the areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, and missiology. This conference is open to graduate students at Jesuit institutions and other schools of higher education.

"Out of Cordoba" Film Screening and Panel

Dr. Marshall Breger, Columbus School of Law
Dr.Thérèse-Anne Druart, School of Philosophy
Fr. Nicholas Lombardo, School of Theology and Religious Studies

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
6:30 PM
Reception to Follow

Aquinas Auditorium

In recognition of the Days of Remembrance, the Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue presents a screening of Jacob Bender’s “Out of Cordoba,” a documentary following Bender’s journey as he faces questions of interreligious relations with the help of two wise thinkers from Medieval Spain: Averroes and Maimonides. The screening will be followed by a panel of Medieval scholars discussing the influence of Maimonides, Averroes, and St. Thomas Aquinas.