April 2019

Iona Lectures Tackle Bigotry and Advocate for Peace, Justice and Understanding

In a world plagued by hate crimes, anti-Semitism, and bigotry, Iona College is offering a lecture series aimed at bringing people of different faiths together, encouraging dialogue, discussing differences and common myths, and celebrating common values.


Throughout the month of April, The Br. John G. Driscoll Lecture Series in Jewish-Catholic Studies will feature experts and authors whose writings and views delve deep into the history – and controversies – between the two faiths, while discussing why those issues matter in contemporary society.


“Integral to our mission is to advocate for peace, justice, and mutual understanding in our world,” said Elena G. Procario-Foley, professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College. “We have a responsibility to educate each other about our shared histories, explore what we have in common, and where possible, acknowledge where we have made mistakes. Our lectures are designed to do just that.”


Since establishing The Brother John G. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish¬-Catholic Studies 19 years ago, Iona has earned an international reputation in the field of Jewish-Catholic relations. The first of the College’s endowed professorships, Iona brings nationally and internationally recognized scholars to the Iona campus and community-at-large, creating opportunities for community education at all levels.


“It is through the Driscoll Professorship that the College continues to be a leading voice for mutual understanding and reconciliation here in Westchester and around the world,” Procario-Foley added.


All of the events will take place at Iona College’s Thomas J. Burke Lounge in Spellman Hall. They are free and open to the public. The lectures are as follows:


Wed., April 10 at 5pm -- Moses, Monotheism and the #MeToo Movement. Scott A. Shay, co-founder of Signature Bank of New York, called for the re-imposition of Glass-Steagall and breaking up the big banks at a TEDx talk at the NY Stock Exchange in 2012. Although Shay had a successful business career spanning Wall Street, private equity, venture capital, and banking, he has always been a student of religion and how it ought to apply to the world outside of a church, mosque or synagogue. In addition to authoring many articles relating to the Jewish community, he has penned In Good Faith, Questioning Religion and Atheism, and Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry.


Mon., April 29 at 7:30pm -- Why? Explaining the Holocaust. Despite the outpouring of books, movies, museums and memorials devoted to the Holocaust, a coherent explanation of why such ghastly carnage erupted in civilized Europe during the 20th Century has been elusive. Peter Hayes, professor of Holocaust Studies at Northwestern University, and academic committee chair of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, discusses the importance of unraveling what happened and educating a new generation about the brutal Nazi regime so that such horrors never happen again.


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