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Reuven Firestone

Reuven Firestone

Rabbi Reuven Firestone grew up in Northern California and was educated at Antioch College, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Hebrew Union College where he received his M.A. in Hebrew literature in 1980 and Rabbinic Ordination in 1982, and New York University where...

Amir Hussain

Amir Hussain

Amir Hussain, a Canadian Muslim, is professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches courses on Islam and world religions. An expert in the subject of contemporary Muslim societies in North America, Amir is the author or editor of five...

Pim (Wilhelmus G.B.M.) Valkenberg

Pim (Wilhelmus G.B.M.) Valkenberg

Pim (Wilhelmus G.B.M.) Valkenberg was born in the Netherlands where he studied both theology and religious studies. His field of specialization is Christian – Muslim dialogue in the context of Abrahamic partnership, both in the present and in the (Medieval)...

Panelists

Asma Afsaruddin

Asma Afsaruddin

ASMA AFSARUDDIN is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.  She received her PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and previously taught...

Tiferet Gordon

Tiferet Gordon

Rabbi Tiferet Gordon is the Rabbi of Congregation Shir Hadash in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In her recent past, she was a teacher in and director of the Beit Rabban Youth Program at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline and the director of children’s programming for Isabella...

Sharon Groves

Sharon Groves

Sharon Groves is Vice-President for Partner Engagement at Auburn Seminary. In that capacity Sharon engages with movements, leaders, and organizations doing justice work grounded in faith and moral courage. Prior to joining Auburn’s staff, Sharon served as a Senior...

James L. Heft, S.M.

James L. Heft, S.M.

Fr. James L. Heft, S.M., is a Marianist priest, Alton Brooks Professor of Religion at USC, and president and founder of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC. Prior to coming to USC, Fr. Heft served as provost and then chancellor of University of Dayton....

Aysha Hidayatullah

Aysha Hidayatullah

Aysha Hidayatullah is Associate Professor of Islamic studies and teaches undergraduate courses on Islam, gender, race, and ethics. She received her MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her BA in Women’s Studies...

Sherman Jackson

Sherman Jackson

Sherman Jackson is an internationally renowned expert on both historic and contemporary Islam, and serves as King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. His research interests are in classical...

Douglas W. Kmiec

Douglas W. Kmiec

An American legal scholar, diplomat, and author, former Ambassador Douglas W. Kmiec holds the Caruso Family Chair. He has focused the chair toward constitutional and human rights law. The Ambassador’s work has won much acclaim, including prestigious fellowship...

Alexia Salvatierra

Alexia Salvatierra

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the author, with Dr. Peter Heltzel, of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork.  She is a Lutheran pastor with over 35 years of...

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