An Evening to Consider Essential Themes of the Qur’ân

An evening to consider the content of one of the most influential books in the history of humanity, the Qur’ân. This seminar will provide an overview of the essential themes that emerge from the work. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contacts: Lawrence Hundersmarck, PhD, Center for Philosophy & Religious Studies, Pace University, 914-773-3953, lhundersmarck@pace.edu
or Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

November 24, 2004

Essential themes of the Qur’ân
to be considered at Pace University seminar
Monday evening, November 29

WHAT: An evening to consider the content of one of the most influential books in the history of humanity, the Qur’ân. This seminar will provide an overview of the essential themes that emerge from the work. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

WHO: Mahjabeen Hassan, M.D., a plastic surgeon by profession, is the cofounder of the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding and the American Muslim Women Association. Hassan is the recipient of the Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award for 2003.

Panel of Experts: Mohammed Kareem, Ph.D., member of the Connecticut Inner Faith Council; Saleem Mir, M.D., president of the Westchester American Muslim Association and director of Medicine at Phelps Memorial Hospital; Imam Yasin Dawood of the New Haven mosque.

Moderator: Lawrence Hundersmarck, PhD, director, Center for Philosophy & Religious Studies, Pace University. He is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Pace.

WHEN: Monday, November 29, 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University Pleasantville Campus, 861 Bedford Road, (use entrance number 3), Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite, Pleasantville, NY

A private metropolitan university, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It is one of the ten founders of Project Pericles, developing education that encourages lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has seven campuses in downtown and midtown New York City, Westchester County and at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. www.pace.edu

Pace University presents free symposium: Religion and Violence

Within the contemporary situation where men and women of committed faith each claim to have god on their side, this discussion will consider the sources and traditions within religions that encourage and discourage violence. The speakers will consider these topics from their extensive understanding non-theistic teachings of ethical culture.

Contact: Mary Horgan, Pace University, (914) 923-2798, mhorgan@pace.edu

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: Pace University presents free symposium:

Religion and Violence

Within the contemporary situation where men and women of committed faith each claim to have god on their side, this discussion will consider the sources and traditions within religions that encourage and discourage violence. The speakers will consider these topics from their extensive understanding non-theistic teachings of ethical culture.

WHO:
Dr. Lawrence Hundersmarck, philosophy and religious studies, Pace University
Dr. Faiz Kahn M. D., Assistant Iman at the Al-Farah Mosque,
Westbury, Long Island
Rabbi Paulette Gross, Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City
Brother David Carroll, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
Mayo Ji Su Nim, Korean Chogye Temple, Woodside, NY
Bart Worden, Ethical Culture Society of Westchester
Dr. Kusumita Priscilla Perdersen, Chair, Religion Department,
St. Francis College

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25, 3:30-5:15 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville
Butcher Suite, 2nd floor, Kessel Campus Center

SPEAKERS:
A professor of philosophy and religious studies at Pace University, Dr. Lawrence Hundersmark has lectured and published nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics within these two disciplines. He has recently lectured at Binghampton University on the topic of violence motivated by religion.

Dr. Faiz Kahn, who holds an MD in emergency and internal medicine, has lectured nationally and internationally on various Islamic topics. He has addressed the New York City police department Community Outreach, the United Nations, International Day of Peace 9/11 Victim Memorial Services and the American Muslim Organization. He has been featured on CBS Eye on America.

Brother David Carroll has served since 1985 as advisor to the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, specializing in Middle East issues, and as Assistant to the Secretary General of the Catholic Nearest Welfare Association.

Dr. Kusumita Pedersen is chair of religious studies at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. She was previously executive director of the project on religion and rights and joint secretary of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival. She has been involved in the global interfaith movement for twenty years, and works in the area of comparative religious ethics, including environmental ethics and interreligious dialogue.

The Center for Religious Studies and The Diversity Team of Pace University are sponsoring the free event which is open to the public.

For more information contact: Dr. Lawrence Hundersmarck at (914) 773-3946.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.