Tag: Wayne State University

Aspects of Muslim and Jewish Religious Freedom to Be Discussed

January 16, 2020 – Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC and the Michigan Muslim Community Council will host its 5th Annual “A Shared Future” Lecture Series with Wayne State University Professors Howard Lupovitch and Saeed Khan. This year’s topic is “Are We Religiously Free in America?”

“A Shared Future” will consist of three presentations all beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a dessert reception:

  • Wednesday, February 12, Muslim Unity Center (1830 Square Lake Rd.) in Bloomfield Hills
    • Topic: The navigation and implementation of Halacha and Sharia in the United States
  • Wednesday, February 19, Congregation Beth Ahm (5075 West Maple Rd.) in West Bloomfield  
    • Topic: Attitudes and applications of separation of religion and state
  • Wednesday, February 26 at Wayne State University, David Adamany Undergraduate Library (5150 Anthony Wayne Dr.) in Detroit
    • Topic: Attitudes toward the First Amendment as they pertain to constructive debate and civil discourse.

Established in 2014, “A Shared Future” is an interfaith dialogue series which unites members of the Jewish and Muslim communities to learn together and build relationships. There is no charge to attend the program for which advance registration is required. It can be completed at sharedfuturereligiousfreedom.eventbrite.com.

Howard Lupovitch is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University. He received a Ph.D. in Jewish History from Columbia University and has taught at Cornell University, Colby College, the University of Western Ontario and University of Michigan, where he was also a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies. A published author, Professor Lupovitch is the 2009 winner of the Bernard L. Maas Prize for Achievement in Jewish Culture and Continuity in the Area of Humanities.

Saeed A. Khan works in the University’s Department of History and is a lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Islamic Civilizations and History of Islamic Political Thought. A Research Fellow at Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship, he also is an Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, where he co-teaches a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity. He is a Ph.D. Candidate at Wayne State University; Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD. 

Professor Khan has served as a consultant to the US-Arab Economic Forum and has founded the Center for the Study of Trans-Atlantic Diasporas, a think tank and policy center examining and comparing the condition of ethnic immigrant groups in North America and Europe, consulting the US and UK governments on their respective Muslim communities.

For additional information, contact Corey Young, young@jfmd.org

A Shared Future is generously sponsored by the Ravitz Foundation.

Jews and Muslims Explore The Once and Future Jerusalem

The Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC has joined with the Michigan Muslim Community Council to present, “A Shared Future: The Once and Future Jerusalem,” a special dialogue between Wayne State University Professors Howard Lupovitch and Saeed Khan.  There will be three opportunities to attend the program:  March 7 at the Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield, March 28 at the Muslim Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills and April 11 at the Wayne State University David Adamany Undergraduate Library, Bernath Auditorium in Detroit.  All programs will take place at 7 p.m.

 

Launched in 2014, A Shared Future is an interfaith dialogue series which unites members of the Jewish and Muslim communities to learn together and build relationships. During each program, Professors Lupovitch and Khan will explore why Jerusalem holds a central place in the faith and imagination of Islam and Judaism alike. They will shed light on how Jews and Muslims view the city theologically, historically and now, politically. Each program will be followed by a dessert reception. There is no charge to attend.

 

Howard Lupovitch is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University. He received a Ph.D. in Jewish History from Columbia University. He has taught at Cornell University, Colby College, the University of Western Ontario and University of Michigan where he was also a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies. Professor Lupovitch has published two books and is completing a history of the Jews of Budapest and writing a history of the Neolog Movement. Professor Lupovitch is the 2009 winner of the Benard L. Maas Prize for Achievement in Jewish Culture and Continuity in the Area of Humanities.

 

Saeed A. Khan is in the Department of History and is a Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Islamic Civilizations and History of Islamic Political Thought. Mr. Khan is a Research Fellow at Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship and is also an Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, where he co-teaches a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity.  He is a Ph.D. Candidate at Wayne State University; Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD.  Mr. Khan has served as a consultant to the US-Arab Economic Forum, and has founded the Center for the Study of Trans-Atlantic Diasporas, a think tank and policy center examining and comparing the condition of ethnic immigrant groups in North America and Europe, consulting the US and UK governments on their respective Muslim communities.

 

Advance registration is required for each program. To register, visit: asharedfuture.eventbrite.com.  For additional information, contact Corey Young, young@jfmd.org.  A Shared Future is generously sponsored by the Ravitz Foundation.