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Understanding Across Faith Traditions is Subject of Lecture on Islam at Hudson Valley Community College in November

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

The Rev. Dr. Alison Stokes, founding director of the Women’s Interfaith Institute in Seneca Falls, will give a slide-illustrated lecture titled, “Learning about Islam and Reaching across Faith Divides: Americans Respond to 9/11” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium at Hudson Valley Community College.

In an examination of efforts during the past decade to combat stereotypes and broaden understanding across the faith traditions, this presentation will focus on the TV programs and documentaries, popular films, books and interfaith organizations and centers that seek to better prepare citizens to live in a multi-religious world.

This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.

Rev. Dr. Stokes has been responsible for overseeing religious and spiritual life, with special attention to relations between different faith groups, on college and university campuses for the past 18 years. Having earned degrees from Harvard and Yale, she is a scholar of American Religious History and, after 9/11, was commissioned to write a study on peace in the three Abrahamic religions for use by laypeople.

The Dwight Marvin Library was awarded the Building Bridges: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection by the National Endowment for the Humanities earlier this year. The collection consists of 25 books, three videos, and a scholarly, online resource which promote the understanding of Muslim people and Islam. The titles were selected by a national panel of experts.

For more information about this program or the Building Bridges: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection, call (518) 629-7330.