5th Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony
"The role of faith in promoting global peace and tolerance"

Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association organized “5th Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony” on April 12th, 2013 at Kansas Union Ballroom. The speakers of the event included the following:

Michael Dever, Mayor

Dr. Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, Women-Gender & Sexuality Studies

Mustafa Akyol, Keynote, “Islam and freedom: Destined to clash?”

Rev. Dr. Shannah McAleer, Unity Church of Lawrence

Awards ceremony:

Laurie Scott from, Police Department - “Outstanding Community Dedication Award”

Dru Sampson, An Interfaith Dialog – “Outstanding Community Service Award”

Michael Dever, Mayor - “Outstanding Public Service Award”

Dr. Eve Levin, Dept. of History – “Outstanding Education Service Award”

We would like to thank our guests who attended the dinner, as well as our speakers, host committee members, co-sponsors, and volunteers who helped us organize this event.

Host Committee Members: Dr. Beverly Mack, Dr. Christopher E. Forth, Dr. Dorthy Pennington, Dr. John James Kennedy, Dr. Mary Banwart, Dr. Naima Boussofara, Dr. Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, Dr. Peter Ojiambo, Aron Cromwell - City Commissioner, Bob Schumm – Mayor, David Corliss - City Manager, Ken McGovern – Sheriff, Tarik Khatib - Chief of Police, Rev. Delmar White, Kim Murphree, Rev. Matthew Zimmerman, Rev. Randy Weinkauff, Rev. Dr. Shannah McAleer, Rev. Dr. Tom Brady, Rev. William Woodard

Co-Sponsors: City of Lawrence, Center for Global and International Studies, St. Luke African American Methodist Church, St. Margaret Episcopal Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, KU Dining Services, Unity Church of Lawrence, First United Methodist Church, AC Management

 

Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions

“Status of Women in Abrahamic Traditions”

 

Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association (IIDSA) organized “Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions” with the theme “Status of women in Abrahamic traditions” on February 21st, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Lawrence.

 

Contributions by Women Academicians to Intercultural Dialogue in Multicultural Societies

 

Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association (IIDSA) organized a panel discussion on  “Contributions by Women Academicians to Intercultural Dialogue in Multicultural Societies”, on April 19th, 2012 at Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union. The speakers of the panel included

Dr. Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Dept. of Mathematics

Dr. Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Crystal Lumpkins, Journalism and Mass Communications

Dr. Tanya Hart, American Studies

Rev. Dr. Shannah McAleer, Unity Church of Lawrence.


 

Speaker Series – Mustafa Akyol

 

Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association (IIDSA) hosted Mustafa Akyol, who gave a talk on his recent book “Islam without extremes, a Muslim case for liberty”.

 
4th Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony

"The role of civil society in building a stronger, more peaceful World"


Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association organized “4th Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony” on March 1st, 2012 at Kansas Union Ballroom.

At the awards ceremony, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, and Mayor Aron E. Cromwell received “Leadership Excellence Award” for their academic and community leadership. Also, Sheriff Ken McGovern received the “Public Service Award”, and Prof. Bozenna Pasik-Duncan received the “Education Award” for their efforts in the community and education.

We would like to thank our guests who attended the dinner, as well as our speakers, host committee members, co-sponsors, and volunteers who helped us organize this event.

Host Committee Members: Aron Cromwell, Mayor; Ken McGovern, Sheriff; David Corliss, City Manager; Tarik Khatib, Chief of Police; Dr. Thomas Heilke, Dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Beverly Mack, African and African American Studies; Dr. John James Kennedy, Political Science; Rev. Dr. Tom Brady, First United Methodist Church

Co-Sponsors: KU Dining Services, Unity Church of Lawrence, First United Methodist Church, AC Management

 
Visit to Chancellor Gray-Little

As part of our outreach program, Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association volunteers have visited Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little at her office on February 8th, 2012. We have informed her about our organization and our past and upcoming activities on campus and in Lawrence. We would like to thank Chancellor Gray-Little for her time and giving us this opportunity to introduce her our organization.

 

 

 

Noah's Pudding at Unity Church of Lawrence

Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association, and the Institute of Interfaith Dialog have shared Noah's Pudding with the members of Unity Church of Lawrence on February 12th 2012, Sunday. We would like to thank Unity Church for hosting this event. Click here for more information on Noah's Pudding...

The Story of Ashura (Noah's Pudding):
A thousand years after Adam, the Great Creator sent Noah because of His All-Compassion to Noah’s people and to all humanity as well (Qur’an: Chapter Hud, v. 25-43). Noah beseeched his people for 950 years to leave paganism, called them to the true path, the truth, believing in one God. However, people jeered him and called him crazy. Later his son joined the pagans in their betrayal. God ordered him to take two of every creature, the believers, and the believers among his family onto the ark.

Noah repeatedly warned people about the flood, and cautioned them against it, yet they kept ridiculing him. As all non-believers were drowning due to their vices, a long, hard, and tumultuous journey was awaiting Noah and the believers. Days had passed, and food was scarce. All of the occupants on the ark were facing starvation. No one type of food by itself was enough to make a substantial meal; hence, Noah gathered all the food and combined them to obtain a delicious meal. Because of Noah’s efforts, the Believers survived the famine . The very next day, the flood receded. Today we call the meal Noah prepared “Noah’s Pudding.”

 An Evening with Dr. Akbar Ahmed


Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association organized an evening with Dr. Akbar Ahmed at Dole Institute of Politics. He is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. Dr. Ahmed was interviewed by Bill Lacy, the director of Dole Institute of Politics.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University in Washington DC, the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge Universities and has been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. He has advised General David Petraeus, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and other US agencies on Islam and foreign policy. He is regularly interviewed by CNN, NPR BBC, and Fox and has appeared several times on Oprah. He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books, including Discovering Islam, which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam.” Following up on his critically acclaimed Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization, his latest project, based on extensive fieldwork, has resulted in a full length documentary, Journey into America, shown at several film festivals and the book, Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam (Brookings Press, July 2010)

9/11 What have we learned in 10 years?


IIDSA has organized a panel discussion about 9/11 terrorist act. It has been 10 years since the tragedy of 9/11 which had a great impact in our lives at home and abroad. There are still lots to discuss what has been done in 10 years and what could be done to prevent another 9/11 or to restore peace around the globe. The speakers of the event discussed from different perspectives what lessons we have derived in the past years to form a basis for future policies and acts.
Date: Sept 28th, 2011 Wednesday Time: 12:00-2:00 pm. Place: Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Speakers:
Ken McGovern, Douglas County Sheriff

Dr. David J. Gottlieb, Professor of Law, KU
Dr. Brent Steele, Associate Professor of Political Science, KU

We would like to thank our speakers for their time and a rich panel discussion.

"Beyond borders: The life and legacy of Rumi "

IIDSA cosponsered the event "Beyond borders: The life and legacy of Rumi" on April 21, 2011 at 6 pm., at The Spencer Museum of Arts, Central Court. Program includedd Persian language and culture through aspects of Middle Eastern history, literature and spirituality. This event celebrated Rumi, one of the greatest 13th Century Persian poets and a Sufi mystic. The event featured CGIS Persian language instructor Razi Ahmad giving a brief presentation on Rumi, followed by live music and reading of Rumi’s poetry in Persian and English (Doug Lopez). The readings were accompanied by two Whirling Dervishes, Mudita Sabato and Malika Lyon.

MUSICIANS: 1. Clark Jamison - Drums 2. Brian Tansen Frantz - Sitar 3. Amory Bottorff – Saz

This event was sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies; the Spencer Museum of Arts; the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; and the Intercultural & Interfaith Dialog Student Association.
 

 

Ramadan "Iftar" Dinners


IIDSA organized a series of "Iftar" dinners in the Holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the month when Muslims fast; refraining from drinking and eating from the dawn until the sunset. It is also a tradition in this month to break the fast together with family, neighbors, and friends.

Ramadan brings people and their hearts together by sharing the food at dinners. Fasting is a training for self control. Also, by experiencing hunger, people learn sincere thankfulness and appreciation for all of God's  bounties, and understand the poor and needy, and are more willing to do charity in this month. We would like to thank to KU faculty, staff and students and Lawrence community members and leaders who attended the "Iftar" dinners. The dinners included a brief presentation about Islam and fasting.

We would like to extend our thanks to our speakers and attendees for their time, and our volunteers for the delicious meals..


Conference on “Science and Religion”

A Judaic, Christian, Islamic and Social Sciences Perspective

“Peace or conflict?”

Do science and religion conflict or can they co-exist? Do they compete or complement one another? Do they disprove or support one another? Our speakers answered such questions from various religious and social sciences perspectives.The speakers of this event included the following:

Dr. Thomas W. HeilkeProfessor of Political Science, Director for Center for Global and International Studies

Dr. Molly Zahn, Professor of Religious Studies

Dr. Daphne G. Fautin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Rev. Lewis E. Hinshaw, St. John’s United Church of Christ

Date: April 27th, 2011 Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Place: Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

 3rd Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner with the theme “Love and Acceptance”

The Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association (IIDSA) organized its 3rd annual “Dialog and Friendship Dinner” with the theme “Love and Acceptance” on February 22nd, 2011 at Kansas Union Big 12. The program included the following speakers: Dr. Diana B. Carlin, Keynote, Former Dean of the Graduate School and International Programs at KU, Rev. Ed Stevenson, Representative of Institute of Interfaith Dialog, Dr. Wanda Blanchett: Dean of Education, UMKC, Sydney Carlin, Kansas State Representative, and Rev. Dr. Tom Brady, First United Methodist Church. Rev. Joshua Longbottom from Plymouth Church was the moderator for the event, and Rev. Shannah McAleer from Unity Church of Lawrence did the invocation.

 Turkish Brunch “Dialog between East and West”

The Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association (IIDSA) organized a brunch on February 21st, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence. Our guests had chance to taste delicious breakfast served by our volunteers. We also had two speakers Dr. Robert Shelton, Religious Studies at KU, and Dr. Beverly Mack, African-American Studies at KU, who gave speech about “Dialog between East and West”. The program included live music.

 Conference on “Clash or Dialog of Civilizations”

The Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association (IIDSA) hosted a panel discussion on Samuel Huntington’s theory of clash of civilizations on April 29th, 2010 at Alderson Auditorium. In 1992, political scientist Samuel Huntington put forth the theory of the Clash of Civilizations. He suggested that since the cold war clash of ideologies had come to an end, that in the future, conflict would instead be focused around the concept of differing cultures and religions. He delineated several different areas of the world as particular 'cultures' that might face conflict with each other. Among those he listed as potential enemies were the West and the Muslim World.

This conference tried to find answers to following questions: "Is the clash of civilizations inevitable? What should / can be done?" The speakers included Dr. Beverly Mack, Professor at African Studies, KU, Rev. Tom Brady, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, and  Dr. John J. Kennedy, Professor at Political Science, KU.

Book Signing Day with Dr. Jill Carroll “Dialog of Civilizations” 

The Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association (IIDSA) hosted Dr. Jill Carroll for a “Book signing day” for her book “Dialogue of Civilizations” on September 24th, 2009 at Alderson Auditorium. In A Dialogue of Civilizations, Dr. Jill Carroll provides a forum for interfaith dialogue through the progressive Islamic ideals of Turkish intellectual and philosopher Fethullah Gulen. Gulen, who is renowned worldwide for his work promoting education, cross-cultural dialogue and the reconciliation of science and faith, has spent his life thriving to solve societal and spiritual ills. Gulen's theories are presented alongside those of well-known philosophers-Kant, Confucius, Plato, Sartre and John Stuart Mill-creating a discussion on basic humanistic subjects, such as freedom, education and inherent human dignity. Through this open conversation across time and culture, Dr. Carroll reveals the essential principles and deeply-held convictions that bind us all together, no matter what our religious beliefs. Dr. Jill Carroll is the associate director for the Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University, as well as an associate adjunct professor in religious studies.

Visit to Provost

The Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association (IIDSA) volunteers visited the University of Kansas Provost, Dr. Richard Lariviere on February 23rd, 2009. We informed him about our organization, past and upcoming events. We are thankful to Dr. Lariviere for his time and hosting us.

 

 

2nd Annual Dialog and Friendship “Iftar” Dinner

The Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue Student Association (IIDSA) organized an “Iftar Dinner”, a special dinner celebrating the breaking in the month of Ramadan on September 18th 2008. The event was located at Kansas Union Ballroom. We were honored to have distinguished speakers: Senator  Marci Francisco, Prof.  Beverly Mack, African American Studies KU, Michael R. Miller, FBI, Rev. Michael Munro, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pastor  Tom Brady,  First United Methodist Church, Rev. Machrina  Blasdell, Religious Studies

Noah’s Pudding

The Intercultural and Interfaith  Dialogue Student Association (IIDSA) served free “Noah’s pudding” in the First United   Methodist Church  after Sunday worship.

1st Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner

The IIDSA organized its first dialog and friendship dinner at the Ecumenical Christian   Ministries on February 19th, 2008. The speakers included Dr. Robert Shelton, Religious Studies at KU, Dr. Paul D. Schumaker, Political Science at KU, Rev. Ed Stevenson, Pastor, Shawnee Park Christian Church, Rev. Gene Augustine, Pastor, Village Presbyterian Church.

Martin Luther King Day Conference 

The Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association (IIDSA) organized a conference on “Marthin Luther King Day”. The speaker  was Dr. Robert Shelton, Professor of Religious Studies at University of Kansas. He also mentioned about Martin  Luther King’s life and mission. The program also included presentations by members of IIDSA about our activities and the Turkey trip.

Information Desk 

The Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association (IIDSA) group members informed people about our organization at Kansas Union for one week. Students could have chance to learn more about IIDSA’s goals and up coming events.

 
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