Conferences


Charity in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Traditions
Conference
Saint Louis University

March 26-27, 2015


Thursday, March 26, 2015

** Sessions meet in Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall, Second Floor **

12:00 p.m. REGISTRATION - Pere Marquette Gallery

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Introduction and welcome

1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. SESSION l: Charity and Historical Change

Chair: Michal Jan Rozbicki, Professor of History, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

1. Julia R. Lieberman, Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
New Practices of Tzedakah: The London Spanish-Portuguese Jewish Community in the Eighteenth Century

2. Yaron Ayalon, Assistant Professor of History, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Jewish and Muslim Charity in the Ottoman Empire: The Fluidity of Religious Boundaries

3. Phillip Gavitt, Professor of History, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
Catholic Reform, The Council of Trent, and the Transformation of Italian Charity, 1500-1800

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Coffee Break

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. SESSION 2: The Practice of Charity

Chair: George O. Ndege, Associate Professor of History, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

1. Fr. Paul Stark, SJ, Vice-President, Mission and Ministry, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council, St. Louis, Missouri
Bryan Sokol, Director, Center for Service and Community Engagement, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
The Development of True Service and Maimonides' Ladder of Charity

2. Dauda Abubakar, Lecturer, Religion and Philosophy, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria
The Practice of Zakat in Northern Nigeria and the Building of Social Relationships

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cocktails (by invitation)
Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall, 409

6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Dinner (by invitation)
Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall, 409

7:15 p.m. Free Public Seating Opens

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Keynote Address:

Thomas Adam, Professor of Transnational History, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
Interreligious and Intercultural Traditions of Charity

 

Friday, March 27, 2015

** Sessions meet in Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall, Second Floor **

8:00 a.m. Registration - Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. SESSION 3: Charity, Reason and Rights

Chair: Anders Walker, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

1. Mario Ricca, Professor of Law, Parma University, Parma, Italy
Is Charity a Two-Faceted Janus? 'Othering' Gifts vs. Translating Giving, and Intercultural Uses of Human Rights

2. Gregory R. Beabout, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
Whose Caritas? Which Receptivity? Roman Catholics in Dialogue across Traditions

3. Melinda Jones, Independent Researcher, Melbourne, Australia
From Welfare to Rights in the Jewish Tradition

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. SESSION 4: Charity and Inter-Group Relations

Chair: Bruce O'Neill, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

1. Ramazan Kilinc, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
Carolyn Warner, Professor of Political Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Micro-Foundations of Religion and Public Goods Provision: Belief, Belonging and Giving in Catholicism and Islam

2. Francis X. Klose, Lecturer, Religious Studies, Cabrini College Radnor, Pennsylvania
Doorways to Peace: How one Inner-City Mosque in Philadelphia Became a Model for Justice and Charity

3. Tahir Zaman, Senior Teaching Fellow at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, United Kingdom
The Heart of a Heartless World: Relations of Power in Faith-Based Responses to Displacement Crises

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Pere Marquette Gallery


1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. SESSION 5: Between the Spiritual and the Secular

Chair: Gregory R. Beabout, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

1. Fatih Harpci, Assistant Professor of Religion, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Sadaqa as Sign of Sincerity: Secular and Spiritual Aspects of Charity in Islam

2. Haim Sperber, Senior Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Galilee College, Akko, Israel
Riki Galia, Lecturer of Sociology and Organization Studies, Kineret College, Emek Hayarden, Israel
Jewish Elite Philanthropy. From Charity to Philanthropy: Emancipation, Modernization, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Some theoretical speculation and one case study

3. Elizabeth Patricia Rigotti, PhD student in the Religious Diversity in North America, Wilfrid Laurier University-University of Waterloo joint program, Waterloo, Ontario
Roman Catholic Women in the Public Sphere: Catholic Social Services and the Case of Single Mothers from 1960 to 1980


 

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