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DI Hosts Iraqi Member of Parliament Vian Dakhil for US Visit

Dialogue Institute (DI) Chair of the Board of Directors Majid Alsayegh and DI partner Huner Anwer recently hosted Iraqi member of Parliament and Yazidi representative Vian Dakhil on an outreach trip to strategic US cities. Dakhil is on a mission to call attention to the humanitarian crisis facing her people. She received international media attention last summer for her impassioned plea from the floor of Iraqi Parliament on behalf of the Yazidis, tens of thousands of whom were stranded on the mountains of Mt. Sinjar as they attempted to flee ISIS militants.



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Dialogue Institute Represented at Annual AAR Conference

The Dialogue Institute (DI)/Journal of Ecumenical Studies (JES) presented new books and papers at this year’s American Academy of Religion (AAR) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Conference, held on November 22-25, 2014 in San Diego, CA. A themed DI exhibit display also offered conference attendees the opportunity to network with DI staff members, learn about how the DI is actively engaged in interreligious and intercultural affairs both stateside and abroad, and purchase a wide array of books penned by DI Founder and President Dr. Leonard Swidler as well as two edited by the Institute’s director, Rebecca Kratz Mays.



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Dialogue Institute Program Alumni Launch Interfaith Youth Forum in Indonesia

Indonesian student leaders who participated in the Dialogue Institute’s Study of the U.S. Institutes on Religious Pluralism (SUSI) five week intensive study program in 2012 and 2013 have launched the Interfaith Youth Forum in their native country of Indonesia. I Gede Pandu Wirawan (SUSI 2012), Agus Burniat (SUSI 2012) and Ahmad Rafuan (SUSI 2013) have united to create the Interfaith Dialogue Program: Interfaith Youth Forum 2014. This program aims to empower and equip young leaders with the skills necessary to engage in interreligious dialogue in their own communities.



The Dialogue Institute Bids Farewell to Key Team Member

Dialogue Institute (DI) Director of Programs and Grants, Dr. Julie Sheetz-Willard, will be transitioning from her work with the DI/Journal of Ecumenical Studies (JES) into a new position as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry for Ecumenical and Interfaith Outreach at Villanova University, Villanova, PA.


The Journey of a Lifetime – New Book Shares The Journey of Dr. Leonard Swidler

We live in the era of dialogue, an era Leonard Swidler helped birth. This is his story: the son of a Jewish Ukrainian immigrant and an Irish Catholic, a boy who set out to become an intellectual and a saint. There Must Be YOU: Leonard Swidler’s Journey to Faith and Dialogue explores how and why, out of this aspiring Norbertine priest, there emerged Professor Swidler of today: a teacher, a reformer of the church, a preeminent feminist, and one of the fathers of interreligious dialogue with an international following, who argues passionately that Dialogue is a matter more than of peace-making but of living authentically human in a fundamentally dialogical universe.



Inaugural Leadership Conference Held for Muslim & Jewish Women

On November 2, 2014, the Dialogue Institute at Temple University partnered with the organization Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom to host over 100 Muslim and Jewish female leaders for a first ever Leadership Conference. The event was part of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s Weekend of Twinning, and took place at Temple University’s Student Center, from 9:30am – 5:00pm.



Dialogue Must Become a Way of Life – New Book Teaches Readers How

Gathering the cumulative insight of over sixty years of Dr. Leonard Swidler’s work in interreligious, intercultural dialogue, a new book unpacks the underlying theory and practical methods needed to embrace all of its dimensions: Deep-Dialogue, Critical-Thinking, Emotional-Intelligence and Competitive-Cooperation. Dialogue for Interreligious Understanding: Strategies for the Transformation of Culture Shaping Institutions combines these elements in addition to “common sense” guidelines on how to move beyond one’s own perspective to experience real encounter and dialogue with the Other.


Dialogue Institute Board of Director Member Honored with Gold Medal Award at 18th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards

Dr. Ellen Frankel, Dialogue Institute/Journal of Ecumenical Studies (DI/JES) co- Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors, was recently honored as a gold medal winner in the Religion category at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards for her ‘Preface to the Torah’, included in the revolutionary ‘Three Testaments’, the first work to combine the texts of the Torah, the New Testament and the Quran in one collective volume.


Dr. Ziad Fahed Receives Award as An Outstanding Leader in Interreligious Dialogue


Dr. Ziad Fahed, Associate Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University in Beirut, Lebanon, and the founder of Dialogue for Life and Reconciliation Organization was recently recognized by the Dialogue Institute as an “Outstanding Leader in Interreligious Dialogue”.

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". . . .never in our lifetime has there been a more desperate need for constructive and committed dialogue, among individuals, among communities, among cultures, among and between nations."

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, speaking at the Alliance of Civilizations Madrid Forum

From Our Participants

“Nobody can build a bridge alone but with the support of people like the Dialogue Institute it really becomes possible.” Fulbright ICAP 2008 participant from Lebanon

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