Conference Schedule 2021

Monday, June 7 The Pandemics in North America

7:oo p.m. (all times are EST)

Welcome and Introduction

President Joel N. Lohr

7:05 p.m.


Introduction of Keynote speaker – David D. Grafton, Academic Dean, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

Kameelah Rashad, “The Light of Faith: Spiritual Resilience & Coping in the COVID Age”

7:40 p.m.


Moderated Q&A – Allison Norton, Faculty Associate in Migration Studies and Congregational Life (Hartford Seminary)
 8:00 p.m.

Panel #1: Relations during the Pandemics in North America

Irfan Omar, “Christian—Muslim Engagement during the 2020 Pandemic: Lessons from Milwaukee, Wisconsin” (Department of Theology, Marquette University)

Whitney Bodman, “The Muslim Space in Austin, Texas” (Austin Presbyterian Seminary)

Hurunnessa Fariad, “My Journey with Evangelical Christians at the ADAMS Center: Before, During, and After COVID” (The ADAMS Center, Northern Virginia)

Nazila Isgandarova, “When Someone is Dying, We Prefer…: The COVID-19 and The Challenges to Personal Choice” (Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto)

9:00 p.m. Moderated Q&A – Ramy Marcos, Ph.D. candidate (Hartford Seminary)
 9:45 p.m. Wrap up – David D. Grafton, Academic Dean, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations


Tuesday, June 8 – The Pandemic in the Middle East, South, and Southeast Asia

11:00 a.m.

Welcome – David D. Grafton, Academic Dean, Professor of Islamic Studies, and Christian-Muslim Relations

Panel #2: The Pandemics in the Middle East, South, and Southeast Asia

Hans A. Harmakaputra & Luthfi Rahman, “From Toleration to Solidarity: Muslim-Christian Relations in Indonesia during the Pandemic COVID-19”

Allen Joseph, “Zoom call in a Post -Truth Era: How social media becomes the vehicles of tradition, Post-Truth, and Islamophobia for the Indian-American Pentecostals”

Martin Accad and Chaden Hani, “Christian-Muslim Relations in the Midst of Pandemic: A Case Study from Lebanon”

12:20 p.m. Moderated Q&A – Muhammad Afdillah, PhD Candidate (Hartford Seminary)
12:45 p.m. Closing

Tuesday, June 8 – The Pandemics, Interfaith Relations and the Arts

7:00 p.m.


Silk Road Rising: Interfaith Storytelling and the Art of Understanding

Silk Road Rising is a community-centered arts organization rooted in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Muslim experiences and dedicated to cultivating understanding through live theatre, digital media, and arts education. A panel of company staff and volunteers will present videoclips and discuss ways their programs use art to host interfaith conversations and promote interfaith learning. Concrete examples will illustrate how the pandemic has both hindered and enriched those efforts.

Clips from “Mosque Alert” and “Christmas Mubarak”

8:00 p.m. Moderated Q&A: Carol Schersten LaHurd
8:30 p.m. Presentation by HIRR on Presentation by Hartford Institute for Religion Research on its 5-year project Exploring the Pandemic’s Impact on Congregations – Scott Thumma
9:00 p.m. Wrap-up and final thoughts of the Luce-Hartford Conferences– 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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