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2010.01.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

International Expert on Christian-Muslim Relations to Speak in Omaha Feb. 23

Omaha - Dr. John Esposito, professor and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, will speak in Omaha at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St.

The program, “Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in the 21st Century,” will feature a presentation by Esposito exploring critical issues occurring within Islam today and highlighting major milestones, opportunities and challenges for current and future Christian-Muslim relations. Following his remarks, Esposito will answer questions from attendees.

Esposito’s visit to Omaha, which is open to the public, is hosted by Project Interfaith, the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Service, the Islamic Center of Omaha, and the Fr. Henry W. Casper Professorship in History at Creighton University.

The organizers are asking people to register in advance as space is limited. People can register online at http://johnesposito.eventbrite.com/. A $10 per person donation is requested of those attending, except for those with valid student IDs.

This program is part of Project Interfaith’s 2009-2010 Community Conversations Annual Lecture Series. Based in Omaha, Project Interfaith builds and sustains understanding, respect and relationships among people of all faiths and beliefs while promoting a deeper understanding of and respect for religious diversity.

Esposito specializes in Islam, political Islam from North Africa to Southeast Asia, and religion and international affairs. He has written 35 books, many of which have been translated into numerous languages. A former president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, Esposito is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders, the High Level Group of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations and president of the Executive Scientific Committee for La Maison de la Mediterranee’s current five-year project, “The Mediterranean, Europe and Islam: Actors in Dialogue.”

He is widely quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, BBC and throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Visit http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jle2/ for Esposito’s bio.

For more information contact Beth Katz, Project Interfaith, at beth@projectinterfaithusa.org or (402) 933-4647; or visit www.projectinterfaithusa.org.

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