CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. (October 21, 2021) – The Wm. The T. (Bill) Robinson III ’67 Institute for Religious Freedom (IRL) hosted an interfaith event on October 19, 2021, titled “A Frontline Perspective from a Long-Time Jewish Activist”. Keynote speaker David Harris is the CEO of the American Jewish Committee and has garnered international attention throughout his career, being dubbed by the late Israeli President Shimon Peres the “Foreign Minister of the Jewish People”. Guest commentators Shakila Ahmad of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and James P. Buchanan, Ph.D., former director of the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University, joined Harris.
“As we celebrate our centennial this year, it gives us a reason to take a break and celebrate our history and our tradition,” said University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D. “The William T. Robinson Institute for Religious Freedom exemplifies the best of liberal arts education and the importance of understanding the differences that make up our world and our communities. These differences should unite us, rather than divide us, in the pursuit of truth as an enduring quality of the values we hold dear. “
Harris spoke about his history as a Jewish activist, which began early in his adult life. This personal trip was influenced by the fate of both of her parents who survived the Holocaust while living in Europe during WWII. The conversation included questions about anti-Semitism, hate crimes against all segments of society, the influence of social media as propaganda today, and the hope that there is when people of diverse religious backgrounds can come together. unite and work for a better future.
Led by Executive Director Raymond G. Hebert, Ph.D., the IRL, now in its sixth year, encourages reflection and dialogue around constitutional privilege and the right to freely worship and practice religion as inalienable right. It accomplishes this mission through education and conversation in the form of academic seminars and conferences featuring internationally renowned speakers.
For those who were unable to attend in person, it is possible to view a recording of the event via the Thomas More University YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/HCuKbZHxKbk. For more information on IRL visit: www.thomasmore.edu/religiousliberty
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