The Walter and Mary Tuohy Chair of Interreligious Studies was founded by Mr. Walter Tuohy, former vice chairman and chief executive of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. He was a dedicated Catholic layman, and active member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and a zealous promoter of religious understanding.
Under the auspices of the Tuohy Chair, the University offers a series of courses and free public lectures on interreligious topics. This program is designed to bring scholars of major religious traditions to campus for dialogue with students, faculty, religious leaders, and the general public.
FALL 2016 EVENTS:
CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS AND THE NEW ATHEISTS: ENEMIES? FRENEMIES? (September 22, 7:30 p.m.) with David R. Mason, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, John Carroll University.
VIOLENCE AND THE SACRED SCRIPTURES OF JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, AND ISLAM: HOW DO WE HANDLE THAT LEGACY? (October 18, 7:30 p.m.) with John R. Spencer, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University.
THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS (November 29, 2016, 7:30 p.m.) with Joseph F. Kelly Ph.D., is Professor of Church History in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University.
CONTEMPLATING CONTEMPLATION: A PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON MINDFULNESS, GRATITUDE, AND IGNATIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICES (April 6, 7:30 p.m.)
with Anthony Ahrens, Ph. D., Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at American University in Washington D.C.
ART, RITUAL AND SACRED SPACE ON THE SILK ROAD (April 13, 7:30 p.m.)
with Qiang Ning, Ph.D., Chu-Niblack Associate Professor in Asian Art at Connecticut College in New London, CT.
REMEMBERING THE DIVINE: THE DEVOTIONAL MUSIC IN SOUTH ASIA (April 20, 7:30 p.m.)
with Utpola Borah, Ph.D., Hans Utter, Ph.D., Shibi Likhite, Ph.D., “Billa” Jagjit Singh-Ji
POPE FRANCIS’ PLEA FOR THE EARTH (November 4, 2015)
An interreligious Discussion between Rabbi Roger C. Klein & Father George M. Smiga
WHAT THE HUT!? Celebrating the Festival of Sukkot (September 30th – October 2nd, 2015)