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Dept. of Religion Offers an “On the Ground” View of Interfaith Relations by Dr. Henry Goldschmidt

Dr. Henry Goldschmidt, author of Race and Religion: Faith Among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights and director of education programs for the Interfaith Center of New York, will speak about “Inclusion and Exclusion through Interfaith Dialogue:  Lessons from Crown Heights.” This event is scheduled for Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. at 246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, South Campus. Hofstra University’s Department of Religion is presenting this lecture as part of the Critical Spiritualities Lecture Series.

Goldschmidt will draw on his extensive experience to describe what interfaith work really looks like “on the ground.”  He also explores how the category of “interfaith” can include but also exclude potential participants in interreligious conversation and conflict resolution.

Goldschmidt race and religion resizedDr. Julie Byrne, the Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies and Associate Professor of Religion at Hofstra, explains why she invited Dr. Goldschmidt to Hofstra to speak: “A lot of people like the idea of interfaith work, but it’s way more complicated than a warm and fuzzy ‘can’t we all just get along’.  Dr. Henry Goldschmidt has done the work of what I’d call critical interfaith studies, both in academic fieldwork and as an innovator at the Interfaith Center of New York.  This lecture promises to be quite illuminating, and provocative.”

This 40-minute talk will conclude with a question-and-answer dialogue with the audience. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call the Department of Religion at (516) 463-6023.


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