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CIS News for April 2017

News and Events from the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union 

CIS and CJS are pleased to announce a joint Madrasa-Midrasha event with GTU’s Center for the Arts & Religion, Aesthetics and the Divine: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives. Presentations by Dr. Francesco Spagnolo, Curator, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, and Carol Bier, CIS Visiting Scholar, Islamic Art Historian, and Curator of the current exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art. April 4, 5-7pm, Doug Adams Gallery, GTU.

Dr. Munir Jiwa will host a discussion on the exhibition AMERICA AMERICA: Art for Human Rights at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). The exhibition runs March 22-April 16. The event with Dr. Jiwa is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 12, from 5-7 pm. To confirm the date and time, or for more info:

CIS is pleased to cosponsor PSR’s Asian and Pacific Islander Program Initiative’s Annual Lecture, Muslim Youth and Islamophobia in an Age of Empire: A Canadian Perspective by Dr. Jasmin Zine, Professor of Sociology and Muslim Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. April 20 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Bade Museum, Pacific School Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue. 

Please join us for the 8th Annual Islamophobia Conference sponsored by the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley, and cosponsored by CIS. This year’s theme is Islamophobia and the End of Liberalism? to be held April 21-23 at UC Berkeley School of Law, Booth Auditorium, 8:00 am-6:00 pm. For more info:

CIS and CJS are pleased to announce a joint Madrasa-Midrasha event, The Joseph Story in Biblical and Quranic Narrative, by Dr. Todd Lawson, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto, and Dr. Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley.  GTU Library Board Room, Thursday, April 27, 5:30-8pm.

Dr. Munir Jiwa will make presentations on Interreligious Engagement and Sustainability, and Ecovillages & Environmentally Conscious Living, at the CDS/GTU conference on Sustainable Societies: Interreligious, Interdisciplinary Responses to be held April 28-29 at the GTU.  

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund has provided the GTU a grant to support the CIS and CJS in their joint Madrasa-Midrasha programming for this year. We are pleased to announce the student research grant recipients: Mahjabeen Dhala (CIS), “Exploring the Role of Female Activism in Islamic and Jewish Tradition,” Ahmad Ibrahim Moss (CIS) “Imagining an Islamic Liberation Theology in a Post-Truth World,” and group grant recipients Bat Sheva Miller (CJS), Mahjabeen Dhala (CIS) and Jonathan Homrighausen (JST/SCU/GTU),  “Abrahamic Hevruta: Developing Pedagogies of Interfaith Education.” Congratulations!