Hartford Seminary will welcome several distinguished faculty members from universities in Iran to continue a dialogue that began when a Seminary group visited Iran in spring 2015 and to discuss the role of travel and encounter in peacemaking.
The Seminary’s goals for that trip included gaining an understanding of the history and culture of Iran, engaging in interfaith dialogue, and becoming familiar with the Shi’ite Muslim world as the Seminary inaugurates the Imam Ali Chair for Shi’a Studies and Dialogue Among Islamic Legal Schools. The itinerary included time in Tehran, Kashan, Esfahan, Persepolis, Shiraz and the holy city of Mashhad.
The first two days of this conference will be open to the public. It will take place in the Budd Conference Room at 60 Lorraine St. in Hartford. Parking is at the main building at 77 Sherman St. Call Susan Schoenberger at 860-509-9519 with any questions.
Friday, Jan. 15
The Social Ethics of Peace: An Interfaith Conversation
Dr. Gholamreza Raeisian of Ferdowsi University, Mashad, Iran
Dr. Mohsen Javadi of the University of Qom, Qom, Iran
Dr. Jafar Morvarid of Ferdowsi University, Mashad, Iran
President Heidi Hadsell of Hartford Seminary
Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub of Hartford Seminary
Saturday, Jan. 16
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Peacemakers: Social Ethics of Peace
After continued dialogue with our guests from Iran, a panel of International Peacemaking Program students from Hartford Seminary will talk about the social ethics of peace from their perspectives. The students are from Egypt, Ethiopia, India, South Africa, New York and Arkansas.
1:30 -4 p.m.
People to People Diplomacy: The Role of Travel and Encounter in Peacemaking
Members of the Hartford Seminary group that traveled to Iran in spring 2015 will lead a discussion. Topics will include preparation for travel, developing a language to understand how cultures differ (for example, different concepts of time), creating opportunities to meet locals, daily debriefing, journaling or blogging, and more.