IAPCHE and the CCCU are thrilled to host the following two plenary panels at the upcoming conference:
Both Christianity and Islam place a high value on learning and the pursuit of truth. Is there space for this to happen in partnership? If so, what shape might that take on a Christian campus? The IDEA Fund panel will include Muslim and Christian faculty and students, who will share what they have learned and how they have grown as they have come together to learn from one another through conversation and work.
Saeed Kahn, Lecturer, Department of History and Near & East Asian Studies, Wayne State University
John Barton, Director of the Center for Faith and Learning and Professor of Religion, Pepperdine University
Muhammad Ozair Shareef, Student, Wayne State University
Janey Berends, Student, Union University
This panel will explore how Christian campuses can learn to deal with potentially explosive topics that often seem too polarizing to address, or that generate fear and intimidation that shuts down dialogue. Examples are issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, abortion/right to life, and, especially more recently, politics. Panelists will explore where and why genuine discussion stops and what professors, students, and leaders need to know in order to stimulate dialogue and generate a deep sense of community.
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