2012 Dialogue Speakers

The 2012 Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue will features these speakers

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Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman an Orthodox Rabbi, is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. The Institute is a leading innovator in the field of pluralistic Jewish thought, and Judaic research, and a major center for Rabbinic and lay leadership education, as well as interfaith learning. Rabbi Hartman founded and directs some of the largest and most extensive training and enrichment programs for senior educators and rabbis serving Israel and North America. He oversees and helps coordinate the Institute’s interfaith work bringing together Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scholars from around the world in order to develop new avenues of understanding. He is the author of The Boundaries of Judaism, co-editor of the anthology, Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life, and the co-author of Spheres of Jewish Identity, a core curriculum in Jewish philosophy for secular Israeli high schools. Hartman holds degrees in Jewish and General Philosophy from Hebrew University, N.Y.U. and Temple University where he majored in Christianity and Islam. He earned a Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy from Hebrew University.

cynthiaDr. Cynthia M. Campbell is the president emerita of McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Dr. Campbell is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Southern Methodist University, where she received a doctorate in systematic theology. She served on the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and in 1994 was elected the ninth president of McCormick Seminary. Throughout her career she has taught in the field of theology, preached in congregations across the country, and served several times as chaplain at the Chautauqua Institution. Long active in ecumenical dialogue, she has spent much of the last decade in interfaith activities. While a resident scholar at the Collegeville Institute at St. John's University, she did the research which led to the publication of A Multitude of Blessings: A Christian Approach to Religious Diversity (2007). In 2008 and 2009, she was a fellow of the Christian Leadership Initiative program at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Campbell now serves as pastor at Highland Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky.


Dr. Omid Safi is a leading Muslim public intellectual and a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in contemporary Islamic thought and medieval Islamic history. He is the past Chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion, the largest international organization devoted to the academic study of religion.  Along with numerous articles, Dr. Safi has written three books: Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism; Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters; and The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam: Negotiating Ideology and Religious Inquiry.  His current research interests are in contemporary progressive Islamic thought, particularly in the study of liberal Muslim intellectuals and activists who seek to engage modernity (and post-modernity) from within an Islamic framework. Key areas of concern for these activists include gender equality, social justice, and religious/ethnic pluralism.  He also studies Islamic Mysticism, particularly from a pre-modern period from 11th to 13th century. He has his master’s degree in History of Religions and a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Duke University.

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