"Rescued from the Darkness: The Inspiring True Story of Pope John II School in the Luweero Triangle of Central Uganda"
Wednesday, February 15th at 4 pm in Hayden 100
The producer and director, Dan Tarrant, will introduce the film and have a Q&A following it. The film shows a faith-based response to war and genocide in a complex society that continues to have religious and political contention.
"Turbans and Beards, Happiness and Justice: Tapping Sikh Wisdom to Meet Our Challenges"
Thursday, March 2nd at 7pm in Kelly Commons 5C
The featured speaker is Dr. Simran Jeet Singh. Dr. Singh is the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute for Religion and Society. Dr. Singh will discuss his book "The Light We Give", a book on the wisdom of Sikhism about overcoming racism and fear through optimism and connection. As turban-wearing Sikhs growing up in Texas, Dr. Singh and his brothers faced racism daily. On the soccer field, on the basketball court, and especially at the airport. Over the years, Dr. Singh learned that the same tradition that caused him to look different had unique wisdom for confronting the challenges of our time.
80 Year Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto
Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm in Kelly Commons 5C
With the 80th anniversary of this momentous event upon us in April, Zachary Mazur, Ph.D., will reflect on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in stark contrast against the stereotype of Jewish passivity during the Holocaust.
This presentation will draw upon some never-before- seen sources and images that were discovered in the process of preparing the POLIN Museum’s temporary exhibition Around Us a Sea of Fire on the civilian experience in bunkers and hideouts during the uprising. The exhibit avoids any use of sources from the perpetrators, either in text or photographs, focusing entirely on victims and bystanders.
Thursday, April 20th at 7pm in Kelly Commons 5A
The featured speaker is Adi Rabinowitz Bedein. Adi is a young activist who lives in Israel and is tour guide at Yad Vashem, she will lecture ob: "Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust- True Heroism". During the Holocaust, the Jewish people were facing 3 options: passivity, collaboration, and resistance. In the lecture about resistance during the Holocaust, Adi will discuss the meaning of Jewish resistance being a story of strength and true heroism which can teach us so much that is relevant for our everyday life.
"Profiles of Peace"
Wednesday, April 26th at 6 pm in Kelly Commons 4C
The featured speaker is Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish. Rabbi Dr. Kronish is the founding director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI) and now is an independent scholar, educator, speaker, and writer. His new book is "Profiles in Peace" discussing Israeli and Palestinian Peacemakers. Rabbi Dr. Kronish, for the past several years, has been a Library Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. From 1991-2015, he served as the Founder and Director if the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), which was Israel's premier interreligious institution during those years. He was educated at Brandeis University (BA), Hebrew Union College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the editor of Coexistence and Reconciliation in Israel: Voices for Interreligious Dialogue (Paulist Press, 2015) and the author of multiple books. He currently teaches courses about Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding at the Schechter Institutes for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, in the Department for Adult Education and for the Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ.