Fulbright Interfaith Conference 2008

Fulbright Interfaith Community Action Program Interfaith Dialogue Conference Catholic University, Washington DC 

Conference Schedule 

December 5

12:30 p.m Lunch at Catholic University with Interfaith Scholars and Faculty Hosts 

2:00 p.m Opening Plenary Opening remarks and welcome: Representatives of ECA, CIES and CUA Opening Lecture: Dr. Leonard Swidler, Temple University 

4:00 p.m. Break out sessions I and II – panel presentations of Fulbright Interfaith scholars and faculty associates 

Session I, (Caldwell): The role of NGOs in creating an interfaith dialogue (Akhtarul Wasey and James Buchanan; Mehri Niknam and Leonard Swidler)

Session II, (Happel): Diversity and Interfaith Initiatives (Fatimah Husein, Sara Curran and Tamara Leonard; Ziad Fahd and Justus Baird) 

5:30 p.m. Reception at Catholic University 

7:30 p.m. Van to dinner at Nage Restaurant w/CIES rep. Return to hotel on foot. 

December 6:

6:30 a.m.  Breakfast at 15 Rio, Doubletree Hotel

8:00 a.m Van to Catholic University of America for scholars and faculty associates

9:00 a.m Plenary Session Session moderator and introduction of speaker: Patricia Bass, Fulbright Program Officer, ECA/A/E)

Welcome from CUA: Msgr. Kevin Irwin, Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Plenary Lecture: Dr. Tink Tinker, Illiff School of Theology 

10:30 a.m. Break out sessions III and IV-panel presentations of Fulbright Interfaith scholars and faculty associates

Session III (Caldwell): Toward a Global Ethic – Interfaith Dialogue Beyond Cultural Borders (Mehri Niknam and Leonard Swidler; Fahad A. Alhomoudi and William French)

Session IV (Happel): Interfaith Dialogue and the Media (Jill Carroll and Moussa Khedimellah) 

12:30 p.m. Lunch 

1:30 p.m. Break out session V and VI-panel presentations of Fulbright Interfaith scholars and faculty associates

Session V (Caldwell): The Role of Spirituality in Interfaith Dialogues (Muhammad Ali and Mohammad Khalil; Ghassan Manasra and Charles Jones) Dialogues

Session VI (Happel): The Role of Interfaith Dialogue in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (Serge Traore and Heidi Hadsell; Michael Chua and Claude Jacobs) 

3:30 p.m. Closing Plenary Session moderator and introduction of speaker: Gary Gaffield, Deputy Director, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Plenary lecture: Interfaith Scholars Muhammad Ali and Serge Traore 

Closing Remarks: Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education. 

5:00 p.m. Closing Reception 

7:00 p.m. Van for scholars and faculty associates to Doubletree. Dinner at 15 Ria at 7:30 

Fulbright Interfaith Community Action Program Interfaith Dialogue Conference The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C

December 5

2:00 p.m. Opening Plenary Opening Remarks and Welcome:

Patricia Bass, Fulbright Program Officer, ECA/A/E

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Dean, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America 

Session moderator and introduction of speaker: Dr. Sabine O’Hara, Council for International Exchange of Scholars/Institute for International Education 

Opening Lecture: Dr. Leonard Swidler, Temple University 

4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions I and II – panel presentations of Fulbright Interfaith scholars and faculty hosts

Session I: NGOs and Interfaith Dialogue, Moderator: Vince Pickett, ECA

Session II: Diversity and Interfaith Initiatives, Moderator: Nina Talley Kalokoh 

5:30 p.m. Reception 

December 6

9:00 a.m. Plenary Session Session moderator and introduction of speaker:

Patricia Bass, Fulbright Program Officer, EÇA/AJE

Plenary Lecture: Dr. Tink Tinker, Illiff School 

10:30 a.m. 

Breakout Sessions III and IV – panel presentations of Fulbright Interfaith scholars and faculty hosts

Session III: Toward a Global Ethic – Interfaith Dialogue Beyond Cultural Borders, Moderator: Julia Sheetz-Willard

Session IV: Interfaith Dialogue and the Media, Moderator: Racelle Wineman 

12:30 p.m. Lunch 

1:30 p.m. Breakout Session V and VI — panel presentations of Fulbright scholars and faculty hosts

Session V: The Role of Spirituality in Interfaith Dialogues, Moderator: Tink Tinker, Illiff

Session VI: The Role of Interfaith Dialogue in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Moderator: Alison Price-Rom, CIES 

3:30 p.m. Closing Plenary Session

moderator and introduction of speaker: Gary Gaffield, CIES

Plenary lecture with Interfaith Scholars: Muhammad Ali and Serge Traore 

Closing Remarks: Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President, Institute of International Education 

5:00 p.m. Closing Reception

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