Ansari Institute Nasr Book Prize Symposium

Location: Morris Inn Smith Ballroom | Zoom Webinar (View on

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Oct 2 – 3, 2022

Morris Inn Smith Ballroom (Notre Dame) | Zoom Webinar

The Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion welcomes you to its Nasr Book Prize Symposium Oct. 2-3 in the Morris Inn Smith Ballroom at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

The institute will honor Dr. Tyson Yunkaporta, an Indigenous Australian scholar and the author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, with this recognition.

Dr. Yunkaporta's book, which has earned widespread acclaim, raises important questions and brings Indigenous ways of knowing to the critical examination of global systems. The symposium will feature contributors representing diverse religious and secular traditions, who will discuss the work and the ideas it explores.

In-person registration has now closed. Please register to attend via Zoom if you would like to watch any or all of the sessions. 

The Ansari Institute is grateful for the generosity of Drs. Sherif Nasr and Randa Nasr, co-founders of siParidigm Diagnostic Informatics in Pine Brook, N.J., whose support has made this possible.

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Sunday, Oct. 2

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

Symposium Speakers

Scott Appleby

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




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



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



Christinegross Loh

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



Nirinjan Khalsa

Dr. Nirinjan Khalsa-Baker
Loyola Marymount University



Mugdha Yeolekar

Dr. Mugdha Yeolekar
California State University, Fullerton

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



Khushwant Singh

Mr. Khushwant Singh
Founder, Sikhi Council



Robert Stockman

Dr. Robert Stockman
Wilmette Institute

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


Dr. David Cloutier
The Catholic University of America



Nana Firman

Ms. Nana Firman 
Global Muslim Climate Network




Dr. Anna M. Gade
University of Wisconsin-Madison



Or Rose

Rabbi Dr. Or Rose
Hebrew College


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

Featured Speaker


Dr. Azza Karam
Secretary General
Religions for Peace International




Kosho Niwano

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




Mr. Abdul Ilah Rafie Marafie
International Trustee
Religions for Peace



Aruna Oswal

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



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