Interfaith in the Middle East: Rays of Light in Darkness

Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Mary Idema Pew Library - Multipurpose Room

Presentation by Dr. Thomas Uthup

Berea, Ohio and Senior Research Associate, Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University (SUNY). He is also Founder, Friends of UN Alliance of Civilizations (Twitter/@friendsunaoc) which promotes good practices in the governance of cultural diversity, interfaith relations, migrant integration, and youth empowerment.  He previously served as Research and Education Manager for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations project where he coordinated research networks and education projects, represented the Alliance at appropriate meetings, and provided inputs for senior UN officials, including the Secretary-General, on cultural issues.

Dr. Uthup’s academic focus has been on the complex relationships between culture and society, with special attention to religious factors -- especially Islam -- affecting political behavior. Dr. Uthup has published well over 90 newspaper, journal and reference articles. He has made several presentations at local, regional, national, and international meetings. 

Dr. Uthup has taught at Binghamton University-New York, and the College of Wooster-Ohio, and been a guest lecturer in classes at Oberlin College-Ohio, and Cornell University-New York.  His media experience also includes serving as a panelist on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nationand several television interviews. Current research interests for Dr. Uthup include African, South Asian and Middle Eastern politics; culture, religion, and politics; and global mobility in the education arena. Contact:

Interfaith in the Middle East: Rays of Light in Darkness