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Symposium to Explore Challenges of Religious Pluralism and Conflict Resolution

April 8, 2011

WHO: Leading scholars and practitioners from Muslim and Christian faith communities will convene to discuss concrete initiatives they have recently undertaken.

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University will host a follow-up meeting to its successful conference A Common Word: A Global Agenda for Change, held in October of 2009. Participants will present significant projects taking place on both a local and international scale, demonstrating the breadth and success of outcomes that can emerge as a result of multi-faith cooperation and the key principles outlined in A Common Word.

9 - 9:15 a.m. | Welcome – John L. Esposito, Georgetown University

9:15 - 10:45 a.m. | Panel 1: Madrassa Curriculum Reforms in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Roles of Christian and Muslim NGOs
Chair: Don Wagner, Bridges of Faith
Qamar-ul Huda, United States Institute of Peace
Bob Roberts, Northwood Church
Alp Aslandogan, Institute of Interfaith Dialog
Respondent: Louay Safi, Georgetown University

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Panel 2: Religion & Conflict Resolution in Nigeria
Chair: Jonathan Brown, Georgetown University
Qamar-ul Huda, United States Institute of Peace
John Gana, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations
John Paden, George Mason University
Shobana Shankar, Georgetown University
Respondent: John O. Voll, Georgetown University

1:30 - 3 p.m. | Panel 3: How Emerging Muslim American Leaders Understand and are Advancing A Common Word
Chair: Shireen Hunter, Georgetown University
Shamil Idriss, Soliya
Leena El-Ali, Search for Common Ground
Henry Izumizaki, One Nation Foundation
Respondent: John Borelli, Georgetown University

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Tuesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center, Salons CH
3800 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, D.C. 20057


The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

Media interested in attending must RSVP to Rachel Pugh at 202-687-4328 or Press will need to present valid credentials on campus.

Rachel M Pugh


Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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