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Annual Conference, 2007-2008


“Perspectives on the Abrahamic Traditions: Leadership, Commonalities, and Critical Reflection”

May 7-8, 2008

Register for the Conference at the UW-Madison Office of Human Resources site. Registration is free and open to the public.
Plenary lectures are free, open to the public, and require no registration.

May 7, 7:30 – Plenary Address: "Finding Faith Without Fanaticism"

Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield
Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield
, President, CLAL

Chapel, Pres House
731 State Street Mall
UW-Madison Campus


May 8, 2008

Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, UW-Madison campus

8:00-8:30: Registration, refreshments

8:30-8:45: Conference Introduction
Charles Cohen, Professor of History/Religious Studies, UW-Madison; Director, LISAR
Rev., Ulrich Rosenhagen, Lecturer, Religious Studies, UW-Madison; Assistant Director, LISAR
Ovamir Anjum, Senior Fellow, LISAR

8:45-10:45: Session 1: Definitions of Clerical Authority
Chair: Connie Kilmark, Vice-President, South-Central Synod of Wisconsin-Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Judaism: Rabbi Andrea Steinberger, Hillel, UW-Madison
Christianity: Pastor Chris Dolson, Blackhawk Evangelical Church, Madison
Islam: Imam Johari Abdul Malik, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, Falls Church, Virginia

10:45-11:00: Break, refreshments

11:00-1:00 Session 2: What is Similar and What is Different in the Abrahamic Traditions
Chair: Michael Thomas, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Madison
Judaism: Rabbi Jonathan Biatch, Temple Beth El, Madison
Christianity: Professor Mark Swanson, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Islam: Sheikh Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Islamic Society of Milwaukee

1:00-2:30 LUNCH (Audience members are on their own)

2:30-4:30 Session 3: How to Speak Critically about and among the Abrahamic Traditions
Chair: Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, Jewish
Theological Seminary
Judaism: Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, Madison
Christianity: Rev. Robert Morlino, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison
Islam: Dr. Umar abd-Allah, Nawawi Foundation, Chicago

5:30-7:30 DINNER for Participants

7:30 – Plenary Address: “The Relevance of the Abrahamic Traditions to an increasingly ‘Spiritual not Religious’ American Society”

Ingrid Mattson
Ingrid Mattson, Professor, Hartford Seminary; President, Islamic Society of North America

Chapel, Pres House
731 State Street Mall
UW-Madison Campu


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