2023 Activities of the Macdonald Center
Shi’I Chair activities – TBA
2nd Sacred Languages Symposium: 'The Name of God' April 24 at 7pm
October 6 – Race, Religion, and Slavery: Religious justifications for enslavement in the trans-Atlantic and trans-Saharan world
A webinar in collaboration with the Lamin Sanneh Institute, Accra Ghana. Speakers will include Dr. John Azumah, Lamin Sanneh Institute, Dr. Benjamin Twagira, Williams College, and Dr. Bilal Ansari, HIU. The webinar will be moderated by Dr. David D. Grafton, HIU. 10 am EST
October 20 - Christians, Muslims, and Jesus - A Conversation about Jesus
Professor Mona Siddiqui and Professor David Grafton explore the relationship between Islam and Christianity, examining the ways in which the two faiths differ, and how they have entered into dialogue with each other. Join us for this thought-provoking program!
Held at First Church, West Hartford – 7 pm EST
October 24 - Abraham’s Gifts panel discussion –
In partnership with the John P. Webster Library, the Macdonald center will host a panel discussion based on the artwork Abraham’s Gifts by artist Harvey Paris. There will be an opening of the exhibition followed by a panel discussion with the Rev. Jane Willan, Senior Pastor of First Church, West Hartford, the Rabbi Barbara Paris, and Prof. Hossein Kamaly, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at HIU – 6 – 8:30 pm EST
The exhibition was housed in the HIU chapel and as run from October 24 through November 18, 2022.
March 16 - The Willem Bijlefeld Lecture -
Dr. Anna Gade, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Education, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin. Author of Muslim Environmentalisms: Religious and Social Foundations.
Hagar as a Model of Faith: A Jewish and Muslim Perspective – October 28, 2021
Dr. Hossein Kamaly and Dr. Deena Grant presented on the role of Hagar from the Jewish and Muslim perspectives. This was moderated by Dr. David D. Grafton.
Abraham: Out of One, Many art exhibition –
In partnership with the interfaith art organization, Caravan, and the Mandell Jewish Community Center, the Macdonald Center hosted the interfaith art exhibition “Abraham: Out of One, Many.” The exhibition ran from October 5 through November 16, 2021 at the JCC..
Peace Ambassadors’ dialogue program with “Hands Along the Nile” – 8 week program
Luce-Hartford Conference on Christian-Muslim Relations – June 7-8, 2021
“Christian-Muslim Relations during the midst of the pandemics.”
Willem Bijlefeld Lecture – June 2, 2021
Professor Mona Siddiqui (HIU) - “Human Struggle: Christian and Muslim Perspectives.” Prof. Siddiqui returned to HIU in October as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies.
Shi’I Chair Activities
“Presence of Christian Missionaries in 16th - 17th Century Persia” with Dr. Alberto Tiburcio - April 18, 2022
Memorial for our dear Professor Mahmoud Ayoub – November 12, 2021