Panelists to discuss ‘Muslim-Christian Dialogue’ May 5

The Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center invites the campus community and the public to a panel discussion, "Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Journeying Together," on Tuesday, May 5, at the University of St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus.

The discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. Panelists will discuss what they hope to accomplish in Muslim-Christian dialogue and how the center is developing that dialogue regionally and internationally.

The panelists are:

  • Dr. Terence Nichols, professor in the St. Thomas Theology Department, and co-director of the Muslim Christian Dialogue Center. He is the author of two books and a number of articles and book chapters in the area of systematic theology. He has been involved in Muslim-Christian dialogue for 14 years.
  • Dr. Adil Ozdemir, assistant professor of theology and co-director of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center. Ozdemir has taught courses on Islam at St. Thomas for five years and is the author of Visible Islam in Turkey. Before coming to St. Thomas, he taught for 25 years at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey.
  • Sheik Odeh Muhawesh, an associate of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center and recently retired as president of Stratika, a Minnesota company. He currently teaches courses in the history of the Middle East and Islamic theology at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Dr. Pamela Nice, teacher of courses on Arab writers and films at St. Thomas, and creator of several documentary films concerning cross-cultural understanding between Americans and Arabs. 
  • Owais Bayunus, president of the Islamic Center of Minnesota and recently retired from the engineering and management division of Marathon Oil Co. He has been involved in Muslim-Christian dialogue for more than 18 years.

This panel discussion is free. For more information check the MCDC Web site or e-mail Lois Dament.