Vanderhaar Symposium Rescheduled to Sunday, March 6

Rescheduled to Sunday, March 6

Memphis-The sixth annual Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium, postponed by a snowstorm, has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 6, 3:00 p.m. in the Christian Brothers University (CBU) Spain Auditorium in Buckman Hall.

A videotaped lecture “Peacemakers: Jewish, Christian and Muslim,” by Reverend Patrick J. Ryan, S.J. will be shown. The Symposium will focus on the struggle for peace among nations through dialogue between religious faiths. Brother Jeff Gros will facilitate a brief discussion following the viewing.

Father Ryan’s work has focused on fostering dialogue between and among Jewish, Islamic and Christian scholars.  His presentation promises to be an enlightening look at the struggle for peace invoking the wisdom of historical figures from the three traditions. 

Prior to the lecture, Kioni Logan, a senior at LeMoyne-Owen College, will be honored with Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award. Annually, this award is given to a student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of nonviolence consistent with Dr. Vanderhaar’s life and work. 

The Vanderhaar Symposium was founded in honor of Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar, a professor of religion for 28 years at CBU, who spent his lifetime promoting peace and active nonviolence.  Each year, the Symposium invites a noted scholar and/or activist to the CBU campus to address a social and moral issue related to peace and justice and/or Catholic social teaching.   

The Symposium is free and open to the public.  A reception will follow the program. Parking is available in the CBU Central Avenue lot at no cost.  For more information, visit  ###

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