Introducing RIOTconversations

Posted: December 02nd, 2016

"Women’s Voices, Exceptional Conversations” RIOTconversations Podcast Series Debut 

CHICAGO — Plug in and treat yourself to a conversation you would not ordinarily encounter, "Women’s Voices, Exceptional Conversations.” This new podcast series is brought to you by the Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies (JCIS) at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), and features women from diverse faith backgrounds engaged in in-depth dialogue designed to address the intersections of gender, religion and social justice issues. The first podcast is available December 5th, 2016 at 

These very special episodes continue the seminary’s work around RIOTcon (Raging Issues of Today), a social justice conference held every two years at CTS where activists, students, scholars, religious leaders, artists, and concerned community members engage in critical dialogue and action around justice, equality, and the role of religion within society. 

The next RIOTcon: Climates of Change, is May 19-20, 2018. Until then the seminary continues to lead dialogue and engagement around critical and often difficult issues by hosting RIOTconversations, both digitally and face-to-face. The first RIOTconversations initiative is the six-part "Women’s Voices, Exceptional Conversations” series.

The first two episodes are available December 5th and the series concludes with the episode six on December 9th.  These episodes and conversations include:

Episode 1 & 2: "Women’s Voices, Exceptional Conversations” (December 5)

Former CTS president and current Professor of Theology Susan Thistlethwaite hosts two conversations, one with Judith Plaskow, ground-breaking Jewish feminist and author of the classic, Standing Again at Sinai; and a second with Manal Omar, the Associate Vice-President for the Middle East and Africa Center at the United States Institute of Peace, who was named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.


Episode 3: "Women’s Voices, Exceptional Conversations” (December 6)

CTS professor and director for the Center for Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Studies Rachel Mikva engages Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies and Chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. 

Episode 4: "Women’s Voices, Exceptional Conversations” (December 7)

Interfaith Youth Core Campus Engagement Manager, Carolyn Roncolato serves as the moderator for a dialogue between Jerusha Lamptey, Assistant Professor of Islam and Ministry and Director of the Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement Program at Union Theological Seminary, and Monica Coleman, Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology.


Episode 5: "Women’s Voices, Exceptional Conversations” (December 8)

CTS professor and director for the Center for Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Studies Rachel Mikva speaks with Yavilah McCoy teacher, writer, diversity consultant, and gifted performer, and Fawzia Mirza a film and television actress, writer, producer, and comedian

Episode 6: "Women’s Voices, Exceptional Conversations” (December 9)

Najeeba Syeed, Associate Professor of Interreligious Education and Founder and Director of Center for Global Peacebuilding at Claremont Graduate University facilitates a discussion among Kathleen Moore, Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, and Jane Iwamura, Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at the University of the West.