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“Encountering Islam” study to begin Feb. 4

Jan. 23, 2002, 2:30 PM

January 23, 2002

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “Encountering Islam,” the first in a series of studies exploring religion, will begin Feb. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. as part of the Vanderbilt at Scarritt-Bennett Program. This is the first of a new series called “Relevant Religion” that will explore religion in a global context of culture, art, politics and economics.

“Encountering Islam” will be a four-part study and dialogue concerning Islam facilitated by James Hudnut-Beumler, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, with Lenn Goodman, professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and Dr. Awadh Binhazim of the Islamic Center of Nashville.

“During this confusing and sometime fearful time in our world and community, this series will aid participants in understanding the Islamic faith and our Muslim neighbors here in Middle Tennessee,” said Rebecca Waldrop, director of programs at Scarritt-Bennett Center.

The “Relevant Religion Series” is co-sponsored by Vanderbilt Divinity School and Scarritt-Bennett Center. CEUs are available. Cost is $50 per person for four sessions. For more information and to register call (615) 340-7543 or e-mail spiritus@scarrittbennett.org. Class sessions will be held in the Laskey Building at Scarritt-Bennett Center.

The Scarritt-Bennett Center is a not-for-profit conference; retreat and educational center committed to empowerment through cross-cultural understanding, education, creativity and spiritual renewal. Vanderbilt Divinity School is one of only four non-denominational university divinity schools in the nation with faculty and students from more than 35 religious affiliations. The Divinity School offers two professional master’s degree programs, a Ph.D. program ranked by the National Research Council as being in the top 10 nationwide, and numerous community education series.

Contact: David Glasgow, (615) 322-NEWS
david.glasgow@vanderbilt.edu

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