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Abrahamic Center

Mission

Notre Dame’s Abrahamic Center develops educational programs for the College and the Greater Cleveland community fostering mutual respect among all peoples, and celebrating religious, racial and cultural diversity. In doing so, we honor Abraham’s status as:

  • Patriarch of the three great monotheistic traditions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam;
  • Paragon of hospitality and welcoming the “Other"; and
  • Prophet of social justice and peace.

The initiative is a direct outgrowth of the innovative work of Notre Dame College’s Tolerance Resource Center, which has provided significant opportunities for research, outreach and education on the Holocaust, anti-bias issues and diversity for the past 13 years. For more information on our Tolerance Resource Collection, click here.
 

 Community Leadership Council College Advisory Board
 Len Calabrese Sr. Mary Ann Baran
 Fr. Bryan Eyman Eleanor Kocevar
 Judi Feniger Dr. Gregory Moore
 Anita Gray Rachel Morris
 Dayan Gross Karen Poelking
 Fr. Joseph Hilinski Dr. Louise Prochaska
 Imam Ramez Islambouli Sr. Eileen Quinlan
 Joan Kekst Roslyn Scheer-McLeod
 Marianne Lax Sr. Mary Louise Trivison
 Anne Lukas Sr. Carol Ziegler
 Fareed Siddiq Karen Zoller
 Mark Swaim-Fox  
 Rabbi Steve Segar  
 Fr. George Smiga  
 Sr. Donna Wilhelm  
 Scott Zeilinger  
 

Programs

Nontombi Naomi Tutu: "Striving for Justice: Seeking Common Ground"
Nov. 14, 2013

The daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in apartheid South Africa, Nontombi Naomi Tutuherself an activist for human rights and an advocate for tolerance and inclusion among all people—delivered Notre Dame College’s 2013 Abrahmaic Center Distinguished Lecture "Striving for Justice: Seeking Common Ground" in Regina Auditorium.

Tutu's professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa to being program coordinator for programs on Race and Gender and Gender-based Violence in Education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition, she has taught at the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut and Brevard College in North Carolina.

Learn more about Tutu and her lecture.

 

Diana Eck: "Religious Diversity in America"
Nov. 8, 2012

Diana Eck, a religious scholar, author, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies, and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, will speak in the Regina Auditorium on "Religious Diversity in America" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Eck serves on the Committee on the Study of Religion in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, where she is also a member of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, as well as the Faculty of Divinity. She received her B.A. from Smith College (1967) in religion, her M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies from the University of London (1968) in South Asian history, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University (1976) in the comparative study of religion. Eck and her partner, Dorothy Austin, are currently serving as Masters of Lowell House at Harvard.

Get more information about Diana Eck's lecture here.

 

Reza Aslan: "Islamophobia in America"
Nov. 3, 2011

Internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions Dr. Reza Aslan delivered the Abrahamic Center Distinguished Lecture on "Islamophobia in America" at Notre Dame College on Nov. 3, 2011.

 

Roxana Saberi: "My Life and Captivity in Iran"
Nov. 17, 2010

Iranian-American Journalist Roxana Saberi, who spent 100 days in an Iranian jail cell in 2009, shared her story at Notre Dame College’s Regina Hall auditorium on Nov. 17, 2010.

Saberi, the author of “Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran,” was working as a freelance journalist in Iran in January 2009, when she was arrested and charged with espionage. Saberi denied the charges but was sentenced to an eight-year prison term.

Get more information about Roxana Saberi's talk here.

 

John Allen, Jr.: “Vatican Interfaith Relations with Islam and Judaism”
Nov. 4, 2010

John Allen, Jr., senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and CNN senior Vatican analyst, delivered the Abrahamic Center Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 4, 2010.

Allen, a prize-winning journalist and author of six best-selling books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, spoke about “Vatican Interfaith Relations with Islam and Judaism.”

 

Bruce Feiler: Abrahamic Center Inauguration Lecture
Nov. 9, 2009

Notre Dame College celebrated the inauguration of its Abrahamic Center on Nov. 9, 2009, with a memorial program on the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht – often referred to as the beginning of the Holocaust – and a talk on Abraham by Bruce Feiler, author of such bestselling books as “Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths” and “Walking the Bible.”

Get more information about Bruce Feiler's lecture here.