Emerging Conversation Among the Children of Abraham

WINNIPEG, MB – While the Middle East has long been regarded as the cradle of civilization, it remains an area known for its conflict. From March 4 – 8, 2013, The University of Winnipeg will host a series of lectures and events intended to promote dialogue and further understanding of this multifaceted and historically-rich region of the world. All events are free and open to the public.

“This week is designed to create a respectful and engaging space for relevant dialogue, while shedding light on the complex issues of the region that often have global implications,” expressed UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy.

Monday, March 4, 2013
12:30 – 1:20 pm, Eckhardt-Gramatté
Panel Discussion with The Reverend Dr. Brian Arthur Brown – Three Testaments: Torah, Gospel, and Quran
Panelists (alpha order): Cantor Anibal Mass – Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, Chris Wells – Faculty of Theology, and Ludmila Zalmah – Faculty of Religion & Culture, University of Winnipeg.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Convocation Hall
Lecture by Dr. Yoram Peri – Knesset Elections: New Faces, Old Predicaments
Peri currently is the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, and Director of the new Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a former political advisor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and former Editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily, Davar. He founded and served as head the Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society in Tel Aviv University, were he was a professor of Political Sociology and Communication from 2001 to 2009.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
12:30 – 1:20 pm, Eckhardt-Gramatté
Film screening: Within the Eye of the Storm
Bassam and Rami, a Palestinian and Israeli, were once dedicated fighters willing to kill and be killed by one another for the sake of their nations. Yet each one of them came face to face with the price of war when their daughters were killed in the conflict. Left with the excruciating pain of bereavement, they chose to do the unexpected

Thursday, March 7, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Convocation Hall
Lecture by Dr. Catherine Chatterley – What is Antisemitism and How Does it Affect the Conflict in the Middle East?
Chatterley, a respected historian of antisemitism and the Holocaust, founded the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA) in the summer of 2010. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Dr. Chatterley attended the University of Manitoba and Concordia University, and completed a doctorate at The University of Chicago specializing in modern Jewish, German, and central European history.

Friday, March 8, 2013
12:30 – 1:20 pm, Convocation Hall
Lecture by Mr. Ferry de Kerckhove – From Bouazizi to Morsi: any hope? and does Canada care?
de Kerckhove entered the Canadian Foreign Service in 1973. He served as Canada’s High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia and the Arab Republic of Egypt. He was also the Personal representative of the Prime Minister for la Francophonie. He has a B.Soc. Sc. Honours in Economics, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Ottawa and pursued Ph.D. Studies at Laval University in Québec City.

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Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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