Lecture by Rihab Sawah, associate professor, Moberly Area Community College
This event is organized by the University of Missouri Dialogue Club (MUDC). MUDC is an MU-recognized student organization established with the goal of promoting dialogue, tolerance, and understanding among students of diverse faiths and cultures. For more information, see http://students.missouri.edu/~mudc/.
March 11, 2009 – 6:30 PM
S016 South Memorial Union
University of Missouri
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
The presentation will highlight, through examples, the importance of interfaith and intercultural dialogue in bridging the gap that exists when we focus on differences. It will demonstrate how our actions could translate into an embracing of each other on the day-to-day level, regardless of those apparent differences.
Sawah is associate professor of physics at Moberly Area Community College and she chairs its Global Education Committee. In the summer of 2007, she was the coordinator for a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Syria, which was to provide the participants with an experiential exposure to religious pluralism in Syria. The program included meeting the world’s first Syriac Patriarch, the Grand Mufti of Syria, the leaders of the Syrian-Jewish community in Damascus, and visits to several ancient Muslim, Christian, and Jewish holy sites.
Sawah has been presenting on Religious Pluralism in Syria, as well as other topics, at national conferences such as the MidWest Institute for International and Intercultural Education, in addition to many college campuses and civic institutions around the country.