Claremont Graduate University Conference Tackles Religious Stereotypes and Predjudices

CGU, one of the top graduate schools in California, has shaped its School of Religion around solving problems through cross-faith dialog.

Claremont, CA, April 03, 2008 --( Scholars representing major world religions will come back to Claremont for what has become an annual day of analytical discussion. “Mirrors and Windows: Facing Religious Prejudices and Stereotypes” will take place all day on Sunday, April 13.

Representatives/experts are based upon the school’s eight councils: Islam, Muslim, Christian, Mormon, Jewish, Coptic, Zoroastrian, and Indic. Chair committee Richard Livingston said religion has always been a dividing line between cultures. As such, this event has established an ongoing dialogical interaction between students, scholars, the School of Religion Councils, and the communities that those Councils represent in an effort to create an atmosphere of reflection and re-envisioning of beliefs for all attendees.

“Given the current state of religious affairs throughout the world, and the significant influence that it holds in socio-political discourse, this year’s topic is particularly apropos,” Livingston said. “Over and over again in popular media, we hear the voices of hatred, anger, and bitterness, which are all too often grounded in false prejudices and deeply entrenched misunderstandings.”

Sheikh Sadullah Khan, Executive Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Irvine will be the keynote speaker. He was a student leader who was active in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

Scholar representatives include

Althea Spencer-Miller (Catholic and Protestant Studies)
Gawdat Gabru, former director of the Coptic Museum in Cairo
Deepak Shimkhada, President of the Foundation for Indic Philosophy and Culture at CGU
Dr. Hamid Mavani, Professor and collaborator on the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, U.S. Director for Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee.
Mark Paredes, Former Director on the Southern California Affairs Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The event is free and more information can be located here: Or call 909-621-8066.

Claremont Graduate University
Nikolaos Johnson