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The Norman Miller Center to Host Colin Greer and Fr. John Pawlikowski

From St. Norbert College, September 10, 2015
by Mariah Doughman, mariah.doughman@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The Norman Miller Center will host Colin Greer, author and president of the New World Foundation, and Fr. John Pawlikowski, former president of the International Council of Christians and Jews, on Thursday, Sept. 24. The event titled " Imagining Heschel: Catholicism and Other Religions" will take place at 7 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall on St. Norbert College campus. This is a free lecture and is open to he public.

There will be readings from Greer's play " Imagining Heschel"; that is about the dialogue between Catholic and Jewish leaders during the Second Vatican Council. There will be a discussion to follow with Greer and Fr. Pawlikowski. This event will mark the 50th anniversary of the "Nostra Aetate", which renounced that the Jews were collectively responsible for the death of Jesus and stated that the Catholic Church disapproves of discrimination against people due to their race, color, condition of life, or religion.

Greer formerly was a professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His intellectual work was targeted on immigration, educational policy, and civic engagement. He was a founding editor of "Change Magazine" and "Social Policy Magazine".

Greer chairs the boards of the Lark Play Development Center (NYC) and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Two of his plays, "Imagining Heschel" and "Spinoza's Solitude" are collected in Religious Differences Between Artichokes (Lantern Books) with a Preface by Cornel West.

Fr. John Pawlikowski has been a leader in Jewish-Christian dialogue, locally and internationally, for more than four decades. He is a professor of Social Ethics at the Catholic Theological Union and director of the school's Catholic-Jewish Studies program and, as such, has served as a consultant to the U.S. Catholic bishops' Advisory Committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations and to the World Council of Churches.

He has also served on several Vatican delegations to international Jewish-Catholic dialogues. He is a founding member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and from 2002 to 2008 served as President of the International Council of Christians and Jews. The Catholic Theological Society honored Fr. Pawlikowski with the John Courtney Murray Award for his lifetime contributions in the filed of theology in 2014.

For more information, contact Catherine Kasten at 920-403-3919 or catherine.kasten@snc.edu.