Nasr Book Prize Symposium

Tyson Yunkaporta 3

Inaugural Symposium

The Ansari Institute held the inaugural Nasr Book Prize Symposium Oct. 2-3, 2022 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame

We were delighted to honor Dr. Tyson Yunkaporta, an Indigenous Australian scholar and the author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World.

Dr. Yunkaporta's book, which earned widespread acclaim, raised important questions and brought Indigenous ways of knowing to the critical examination of global systems. We discussed this important work with symposium contributors representing diverse religious and secular traditions

We are grateful for the generosity of Drs. Sherif Nasr and Randa Nasr, co-founders of siParidigm Diagnostic Informatics in Pine Brook, N.J., whose support made this symposium possible. 

Symposium Coverage

Please see below video of individual conference sessions as well as and coverage from the event. 

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Symposium Speakers

Sunday, Oct. 2

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Welcome & Introductions

Scott Appleby

Dr. Scott Appleby
Marilyn Keough Dean
Keough School of Global Affairs

 

 

Mirza

Dr. Mahan Mirza
Executive Director
Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

 

 

Charles Powell

Dr. Charles Powell
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Multifaith Engagement
Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion


2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Yarning with Indigenous Traditions

Sousan Abadian

Dr. Sousan Abadian
Scholar, educator, consultant
(Indigenous)

 

 

Ashlee Bird

Dr. Ashlee Bird
University of Notre Dame
(Native American)


3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Engaging with Asian Traditions

Lara Braitstein

Dr. Lara E. Braitstein
McGill University
(Buddhism)

 

 

Christinegross Loh

Dr. Christine Gross-Loh 
Author, The Path
(Chinese traditions)

 

 

Nirinjan Khalsa

Dr. Nirinjan Khalsa-Baker
Loyola Marymount University
(Sikh)

 

 

Mugdha Yeolekar

Dr. Mugdha Yeolekar
California State University, Fullerton
(Hinduism)


7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Award Dinner

Tribute to Sand Talk; Presentation of the Randa and Sherif Nasr Book Prize on Religion & the World; Conversation on Genre and Word of Gratitude

Carolyn Thompson Brown 2

Dr. Carolyn T. Brown
Board Chair
Fetzer Institute

 

 

Anantanan Rambachan 2

Dr. Anantanand Rambachan
Professor of Religion
St. Olaf College

 

 

Tyson Yunkaporta

Dr. Tyson Yunkaporta
Author, Sand Talk
Nasr Book Prize Honoree


Monday, Oct. 3

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Conversation with Baha’i, Sikh, and Secular Traditions

Jacques Berlinerblau

Dr. Jacques Berlinerblau
Georgetown University
(Secular)

 

 

Khushwant Singh

Mr. Khushwant Singh
Founder, Sikhi Council
(Sikh)

 

 

Robert Stockman

Dr. Robert Stockman
Wilmette Institute
(Baha’i)


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In Dialogue with Abrahamic Traditions

Davidcloutier

Dr. David Cloutier
The Catholic University of America
(Catholic)

 

 

Nana Firman

Ms. Nana Firman 
Global Muslim Climate Network
(Islamic)

 

 

Annamgade

Dr. Anna M. Gade
University of Wisconsin-Madison
(Islamic)

 

 

Or Rose

Rabbi Dr. Or Rose
Hebrew College
(Jewish)

 


12:45 – 2:00pm
Religions for Peace Award Luncheon

Featured Speaker

Azzakaram

Dr. Azza Karam
Secretary General
Religions for Peace International

 

 

Honorees

Kosho Niwano

Rev. Kosho Niwano
Co-Moderator and Executive Committee Member
Religions for Peace International

 

 

Mr

Mr. Abdul Ilah Rafie Marafie
International Trustee
Religions for Peace

 

 

Aruna Oswal

Dr. Aruna Abhey Oswal
Chair
Abhey Oswal Group and Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust