Chloe Mccotter | October 20, 2018
The new Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame will officially launch with private and public events this month.
On Oct. 25, religion historian Thomas Tweed, founding director of the Ansari Institute, will deliver the inaugural keynote address titled “Engaging Religion” at 5 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
On Oct. 26, the Ansari Institute will host the Engaging Religion Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 1030, Jenkins Nanovic Halls. Three panels of international experts will address current topics related to global religion: “Forced Migration: How Religion Causes and Eases Displacement,” “Religious Misrepresentation: How to Improve Representations in Education and the Media” and “Sustainable Habitats: How Religions Can Help Repair Unsustainable Environments.”
The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required at ansari.nd.edu.
In addition to the public events, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will lead a private multi-faith prayer service on Oct. 25 in Jenkins Nanovic Halls and bless the institute at its office suite on the fourth floor.
The Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, is dedicated to the study of religion and global affairs and serves as a center of public deliberation and education through research, teaching, outreach and interaction with religious communities worldwide. Institute faculty and global partners will explore how diverse religious traditions can address a variety of contemporary problems, including migration and refugees, climate change and environmental degradation, poverty and economic disparity, and conflict and interreligious strife.
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