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Harvard theologian Francis X. Clooney, S.J., named inaugural ICJS Silber-Obrecht lecturer

BALTIMORE — The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Research (ICJS) has named Francis X. Clooney, S.J., a theologian on the Harvard Divinity Faculty and a pacesetter within the discipline of comparative theology and interreligious research, because the inaugural Silber-Obrecht Lecturer.


The Silber-Obrecht Lecture, the primary endowed lectureship within the rising discipline of Interreligious and Interfaith Research, is an annual tutorial residency in Baltimore. The inaugural lectureship can be  April 25-28, 2023 at Loyola College Maryland. 


Shubha Pathak, affiliate professor within the Division of Philosophy and Faith at American College in Washington D.C., will supply a response to Dr. Clooney’s lecture.


The lectureship goals to advance the sphere of examine by presenting new and inventive work by a senior scholar and interreligious practitioner. The endowed lecture, managed and sponsored by ICJS, can be held in partnership with 5 Baltimore establishments: Goucher School, The SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins College, Loyola College Maryland, Morgan State College’s Heart for the Research of Faith and the Metropolis, and St. Mary’s Seminary & College. 


Clooney was chosen by the Silber-Obrecht Lecture Committee, composed of students from these accomplice establishments, ICJS, and three members at-large. 


“We’re proud that ICJS helps to advance this significant, however nonetheless rising discipline of Interreligious and Interfaith Research,” mentioned Heather Miller Rubens, ICJS government director and Roman Catholic scholar. “And I can’t consider a extra acceptable colleague for our inaugural lecture than Frank Clooney, whose groundbreaking scholarship and advocacy for the sphere have been invaluable.”


Clooney is the Parkman Professor of Divinity Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity Faculty, which he joined in 2005. From 2010 to 2017, he was the director of the Heart for the Research of World Religions at Harvard. 


Clooney’s tutorial focus is on the Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of Hindu India. He’s additionally a world chief within the creating discipline of comparative theology. Clooney is the writer of quite a few articles and books, most just lately Studying the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How It Issues (College of Virginia Press, 2019) and Western Jesuit Students in India: Tracing Their Paths, Reassessing Their Targets (Brill, 2020). He’s at the moment engaged on a memoir, tentatively titled, Priest and Scholar, Catholic and Hindu: A Love Story.


Pathak is a historian of faith who interprets epic myths from India, Greece, and Rome. She is the writer of Divine But Human Epics: Reflections of Poetic Rulers from Historic Greece and India and an edited quantity, Figuring Religions: Evaluating Concepts, Photographs, and Actions.


The Silber-Obrecht Lecture is called in honor of Jean and Sidney Silber and Charles F. and Margaret M.H. (Peggy) Obrecht in recognition of their longtime dedication to enhancing interreligious relationships and understanding.


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The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Research (ICJS) works to dismantle non secular bias and bigotry to foster an interreligious society during which dialogue replaces division, friendship overcomes worry, and training eradicates ignorance. By programs, fellowships, on-line occasions, and scholarship initiatives, ICJS builds studying communities the place non secular distinction turns into a robust power for good. ICJS is an impartial 501c3 nonprofit group. Extra data is at


John Rivera
Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Research (ICJS)
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