Notre Dame College to ‘Engage the Other’ by Continuing Conversation from its Abrahamic Center Lecture

Notre Dame College’s Abrahamic Center will follow up its Distinguished Lecture by Nontombi Naomi Tutu with a series of discussions that heed the speaker’s call to the community to seek out the shared humanity in others.
The College will conduct its "Continuing the Conversation: Engaging the Other" sessions of discourse on three Wednesdays: February 26, March 19 and April 9. All discussions flow from Tutu's "Striving for Justice: Seeking Common Ground" presentation and are from 7-8:45 p.m. in the campus Performing Arts Center in the College’s Administration Building.
The first conversation is on "Recognizing Bias and Prejudice.” The second topic is “Finding Common Ground,” and the third is “Engaging in Difficult Conversations.” They are all free and open to the public.
In her Abrahamic Center Distinguished Lecture, Tutu, who is the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and grew up in apartheid South Africa, called for students, faculty, staff and friends of the College to strive for justice in all communities by seeking the common ground: recognizing the dignity inherent to all peoples regardless of race, gender, creed, culture, sexual orientation and other stereotypical facades.
Key to her presentation was Tutu’s focus on the importance of not using a pursuit of common ground as an attempt to impose uniformity on others.
According to Tutu, seeking common ground does not mean trying to pretend everyone is alike. Rather it is about recognizing different experiences, gifts, challenges and talents in others; appreciating those differences as the basis of a shared humanity; and using that human connection to create a better, more peaceful world.
In addition to being presented by Notre Dame’s Abrahamic Center, the “Continuing the Conversation” series also is sponsored by the College’s Office of Academic Affairs, working with several students.
Notre Dame’s Abrahamic Center develops educational programs for the College and the Greater Cleveland community to foster mutual respect among all peoples and celebrate religious, racial and cultural diversity. In doing so, the center honors Abraham’s status as the patriarch of the three great monotheistic traditions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam;the paragon of hospitality and welcoming the “Other;” and the prophet of social justice and peace.
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