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Center for Jewish, Christian, & Islamic Studies
Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

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The new semester is upon us, and our Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies (JCIS) is offering some exceptional programs this Spring. Please join us if you are able. Given the broader developments across the world, our vision and work together is more vital than ever.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at CTS from 12-2p.m., and on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at KAM Isaiah Israel 7:00 p.m.
Elements Theater Company, Scenes from Merchant of Venice and Panel Discussion
Sponsored by CTS' Center for Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Studies in collaboration with the University of Chicago Lab School and KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation. The Company will perform scenes from Merchant of Venice and engage in panel discussion with religious leaders and scholars of Shakespeare discussing the presentation of "the other" in historical and contemporary contexts.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Women in Jewish & Muslim Legal Traditions with Rabbi Dr. Rachel Adler & Dr. Ayesha S. Chaudhry
Rabbi Dr. Adler, the Rabbi David Ellenson Professor of Jewish Religious Thought & Professor of Modern Jewish Thought & Feminist Studies at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and Dr. Ayesha S. Chaudhry, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies, Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies and Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia will discuss their collaboration on feminism in legal traditions--part of a larger project of Muslim and Jewish scholars studying legal texts together.

Friday, April 24 - Saturday, April 25, 2015
Spring Conference - Selma at 50: Still Marching
"Selma at 50: Still Marching," our 2015 Spring Conference, will inspire you to tackle some of the most urgent social issues today by turning dialogue into action. Join the CTS community April 24 and 25 to examine issues such as racialized violence, police brutality, and poverty and learn more about their effects on Chicago communities. Inspire and be inspired! Come learn, reflect, strategize, and fellowship with us! The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, are keynote speakers. To learn more, click HERE.

Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Dr. Andre LaCocque & Rabbi Herman Schaalman
Reprise their teaching partnership to discuss the Book of Ruth.

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
CTS Commencement at KAM Isaiah Israel
Honorary Doctoral Degrees to be awarded to Rabbi Arik Ascherman (Rabbis for Human Rights) and Sami Awad (Holy Land Trust)

Watch for details about our programs still "in the works"-- 

  • Imam Suheib Webb, Knowledge Weekend Workshop
  • Meriem el Haitami, Women's Religious Leadership in Islam
  • ECOmmunity Cohort Video & Discussion: Return of the Mecccca: The Art of Islam & Hip-Hop

We hope to see you soon, and that you can help spread the word!

If you want to support our work financially as well, please Donate Now (choose “other” under the donation recipient, and write in JCIS), or send your check to the address below, with JCIS written in the memo line. Thank you again for all that you do in our communities.