FAITHS IN CONVERSATION

December 9, 7:00pm – 8:30pm 
Reception, 6:30pm
Venue, Thanks-Giving Square

Presented by Interfaith Council of Thanks-Giving Foundation, Perkins School of Theology, The Dallas Institute

A great number of spiritual and religious faiths are practiced in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, yet all too often, we know little about those outside our own. How can we escape our silos and find intersections of the diversity of faiths with which Dallas is so rich? This new ongoing series aims at doing just that – designed to offer people of all cultures, faiths, and traditions opportunities to learn about the religions of their neighbors. The monthly sessions will approach relevant topics of faith from academic – and accessible – perspectives, with ample audience participation encouraged. The series will launch by asking the question “What is Religion?” and in following Fall meetings take up the topic “The Role of Intellect from the Perspective of the Major Faith Traditions.” The opening conversation on September 9th will feature panelists from five faith traditions–Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim – and four universities – Rice University, Southern Methodist University, University of Dallas, and UNT Dallas.

CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM SESSION 1 HERE!
CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM SESSION 2 HERE!

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Session 4 – Role of Intellectual Tradition in Islam
December 9, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Reception 6:30
Venue, 
Thanks-Giving Square, 1627 Pacific Avenue, Dallas
(Click here for detailed parking directions) Attendees are encouraged to give yourself plenty of time and to use Uber, Lyft, or the DART trains’ Blue, Green, Orange, or Red lines to Akard or Saint Paul stations. Please contact Registrar Joshua Kalin with questions.

Dr. Zahra N. Jamal is Associate Director at Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance. She has published in academic and popular venues, including I Speak for Myself, a volume of autobiographical accounts of 40 American Muslim women leaders. She received a double B.A. from Rice and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard.

Dennis M. Kratz is Senior Associate Provost, Founding Director of the Center for Asian Studies and Ignacy and Celina Rockover Professor of Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Kratz served as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities from 1997 – 2019.  Prior to his appointment as Dean of A&H, he served as the University’s Dean of Undergraduate Education. His research emphasizes the continuation and transformation of the western “heroic” tradition from classical antiquity through medieval and modern literature.

 

Semester:$80, $40 Educators & Faith Leaders
Session: $20, $10 Educators & Faith Leaders
Students Free

 

 

Previous Sessions
Session 1 – What is Religion?

SPEAKERS

Dr. Johan Elverskog is Dedman Family Distinguished Professor, Chair of Religious Studies, and Professor of History (by courtesy) at SMU. He is the author and editor of nine books, including Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road and The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia.

 

Dr. Sura Rath is Professor of American literature and Critical Thinking in the English Department at UNT, Dallas.  Author and editor of a dozen books, he has published more than fifty papers in professional journals and presented more than a hundred papers around the globe.

 

Dr. Serge Frolov, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, is Professor of Religious Studies and holds the Nate and Ann Levine Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies at SMU. With Ph.D.’s in Modern History and Religious Studies, he is primarily a Hebrew Bible scholar and has published more than 200 articles and two books.

 

Dr. Zahra N. Jamal is Associate Director at Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance. She has published in academic and popular venues, including I Speak for Myself, a volume of autobiographical accounts of 40 American Muslim women leaders. She received a double B.A. from Rice and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard.

Dr. Robert Hunt is Director of Global Theological Education at the Perkins School of Theology, SMU. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Malaysian Church history and Islam including Islam in Southeast Asia, Muslim Faith and Values: What Every Christian Should Know, and The Gospel Among the Nations, a Documentary History of Inculturation.

Dr. Joshua Parens is Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Institute of Philosophic Studies, and Dean of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts at the University of Dallas. His research focuses on medieval Jewish and Islamic political philosophy. He received his B.A. from St. John’s and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

 

Session 2 – Role of Intellect in Christian Tradition

Dr. Robert Hunt is Director of Global Theological Education at the Perkins School of Theology, SMU. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Malaysian Church history and Islam including Islam in Southeast Asia, Muslim Faith and Values: What Every Christian Should Know, and The Gospel Among the Nations, a Documentary History of Inculturation.

Dr. Joshua Parens is Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Institute of Philosophic Studies, and Dean of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts at the University of Dallas. His research focuses on medieval Jewish and Islamic political philosophy. He received his B.A. from St. John’s and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

 

Session 3 – Role of Intellect in Vedanta Tradition
November 11, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Reception 6:30
Venue,
The Dallas Institute

Swami Atmarupananda discovered the Vedanta tradition of Hinduism as a teenager and developed what has become a lifelong fascination and dedication. He joined the Ramakrishna Order of India as a monk in 1969 at the age of nineteen and spent many years in India engaged in monastic, scholarly, and spiritual training. At present he is the resident minister at the Vedanta Society of Houston.

Ruben L.F. Habito is Professor of World Religions and Spirituality and Director of Spiritual Formation at Perkins School of Theology. He is the author of numerous articles and books in Japanese and English, including Be Still and Know: Zen and the Bible and Zen and the Spiritual Exercises.  He also serves as Guiding Teacher of the Maria Kannon Zen Center.