A series of lectures at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will shed light on a number of critical issues related to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Each lecture will be lead by an expert on Islam, Judaism, Christian-Muslim relations or the Middle East. The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held on the campus of the Lutheran School at 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, each Wednesday evening from 7-9:30 p.m. until March 12.
The schedule for the series is as follows:
- January 22, "Zionism and the ‘Jewish State' as a solution to Christian Anti-Semitism," presented by Dr. John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., Ph.D., professor of social ethics, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.
- January 29, "Breakup of the Ottoman Empire and its Aftermath," presented by Dr. John E. Woods, professor of Iranian and Central Asian history, and of Near Eastern languages and civilizations, and director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago, and Dr. Holly Shissler, assistant professor of Near Eastern languages and civilizations, University of Chicago.
- February 19, "Israeli Perspective: Sorting Rumor from Reality," by Mr. Moshe Ram, Israeli Consul General.
- February 26, "Palestinian Perspectives: No Justice, No Peace," presented by Mr. Ali Abunimah, vice-president of the Arab-American Action Network.
- March 5, "Israel and the Christian Right: an Approach to Biblical Prophecy," presented by Rev. Donald Wagner, professor of religion and Middle Eastern studies, executive director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and director of the Institute for Christianity, Faith and Culture, North Park University, Chicago.
- March 12, "Israel and Arab and Other Christians," presented by Rev. Said Ailabouni, program director, Europe, Middle East and Horn of Africa, Division for Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Seminary professors Mark Thomsen and Harold Vogelaar developed the lectures to coincide with a course they are teaching on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Both are visiting professors of world religions and experts on Islam and global justice. Thomsen, who is also director of the Chicago Center for Global Ministries, was executive director of the Division for Global Mission of the ELCA. Vogelaar spent 25 years as a missionary in the Arabian Gulf and Egypt.