Conference Schedule 2020

Monday, June 8 – Webinar

7:oo p.m. Welcome and Introduction

7:05 p.m.


Keynote #1: Women, Agency, and Diversity in the Early Church and Beyond

Katherine A. Shaner, Associate Professor of New Testament, Wake Forest University, Divinity School

7:30 p.m.


Keynote #2: Muslima Peacemaking and Social Justice

Najeeba Syeed, Associate Professor of Interreligious Education, Claremont School of Theology

 8:00 p.m. Moderated Q&A: Shanell T. Smith, Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins; Director of the Cooperative Master of Divinity Program
 8:25 p.m. Wrap up – David D. Grafton, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations


Tuesday, June 9 – Webinar

7:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

7:05 p.m.


Keynote #3: Engaged Resistance: Muslim Women Responding to and Challenging Islamophobia

Jasmin Zine, Professor, Sociology/Religion & Culture/Muslim Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

7:30 p.m.

Keynote #4: Womanist Voices in the Academy

Shively T. J. Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Boston University

 8:00 p.m Moderated Q&A: Shanell T. Smith
 8:25 p.m. Wrap-up – David D. Grafton


Wednesday, June 10 – Webinar

7:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

Panel Discussion: The challenges and  opportunities of women leadership

Moderator: Chaplain Aida Mansoor, Coordinator of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program

The Rev. Patricia Davenport, Bishop of the South-East PA Synod, ELCA

Dr. Fatma Antar, Past President of the Islamic Council of New England (ICNE); Founder and a Trustee of the Islamic Association of the Greater Hartford (IAGH)

Dr. Jane Smith, Emerita, Hartford Seminary, past Director of the Macdonald Center

Ms. Lauren Schrieber, Executive Director of Center DC

  8:15 p.m.  Presentation of A History of Islam in 21 Women, Hossein Kamaly, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies; Holder of the Imam Ali Chair for Shi’i Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools
  8:20 p.m.  Final Thoughts and Wrap-up –  David D. Grafton

Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
77 Sherman Street, Hartford, CT 06105-2260
phone: (860) 509-9500
fax: (860) 509-9509


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