Engaging Religion: Inaugurating the Ansari Institute


Hesburgh Center for International Studies auditorium

5:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: Thomas Tweed, Director


Room 1030, Jenkins Nanovic Halls

8:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast available

8:30 a.m.

PANEL ONE: Forced Migration: How Religion Causes and Eases Displacement

Chair (and respondent): Atalia Omer, associate professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame 


Erin Wilson, associate professor of politics and religion, Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Alternatives Amidst Despair and Hope: Religious Actors and the Challenges of Forced Migration

Alicia Turner, associate professor of humanities and religious studies, York University, Canada
Religious Identity in Burma and the Violence of Borders

William Canny, executive director of migration and refugee services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Catholic Response to Forced Migration

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

PANEL TWO: Religious Misrepresentation: How to Improve Media and Education Accounts

Chair (and respondent): Gabriel Reynolds, professor of Islamic studies and theology, University of Notre Dame


Diane Moore, director, Religious Literacy Project and senior fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School
Religious Literacy: A Critical Theory Framework

Mahan Mirza, professor of the practice, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, and lead faculty, Madrasa Discourses Project
Media & Madrasa: Between Rumor & Reality

Jolyon Mitchell, former producer and journalist for BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4 and current director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland
In Search of Journalistic Religious Literacy

12:45 p.m.


1:45 p.m.

PANEL THREE: Sustainable Habitats: How Religions Can Repair Unsustainable Environments

Chair (and respondent): Thomas Tweed, founding director, Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame


Nosheen Ali, assistant professor, Institute for Educational Development, The Aga Khan University, Pakistan
The Reed Laments: Ecology in Muslim Thought and Practice

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, professor of anthropology, University of Buffalo, New York
The Spiritual Leadership of Sentient Landscapes: Health, Collective Ethics, and Environmental Justice in Peru

Daniel Castillo, assistant professor of theology, Loyola Maryland
The Preferential Option for the Earth and Poor: The Task and Possible Contribution of Theology 

3:45 p.m.