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.


“RELIGION, NATIONALISM, AND POLITICAL REPRESSION” 2017-18 LECTURE SERIES:

ART AND STORIES OF MUGHAL WOMEN (April 19, 2018) by Sonya Rhie Mace, PhD, George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art and Interim Curator of Islamic Art, Cleveland Museum of Art.

ÜRÜMQI UNRAVELED:  “DESETTLEMENT,” DEVELOPMENT, ISLAMOPHOBIA, AND UYGHUR RESPONSES (March 15, 2018) by Timothy A, Grose, PhD, Assistant Professor of China Studies, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

TURKEY: WHAT WENT WRONG & WHAT’S NEXT? (February 15, 2018) panel discussion with Sevgi Akarçeşme, MA, Turkish journalist & political analyst, and
Scott Alexander, PhD, Associate Professor at Catholic Theological Union moderated by Sheila McGinn, PhD

LUTHER AND THE GERMAN PRINCES (November 1, 2017) by Nelson H. Minnich, PhD, Professor, Catholic University of America.

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