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Public Conference, open to all:
Nostra Aetate and the Future of Interreligious Dialogue”

Sunday, October 11 to
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
University of Wisconsin–Madison

In 1965, the assembled bishops of the Second Vatican Council passed the “Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions,” commonly known as Nostra Aetate. It constituted a major statement about how the Roman Catholic Church under Pope Paul VI considered its relationship to other faith traditions, notably Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

To mark the Declaration’s fiftieth anniversary, this conference will examine the past—and potential future—of Nostra Aetate from multiple perspectives, primarily from outside the Roman Catholic Church. As befitting our mission “to create better understanding of the Abrahamic traditions and their interrelationships by encouraging ongoing discussion of these traditions,” the Lubar Institute has invited 18 extraordinary scholars to come together to explore and reflect upon the global significance of Nostra Aetate.

We are deeply honored to have this conference anchored by two plenary addresses, presented by Dr. John Borelli, Special Assistant for Interreligious Initiatives to the President of Georgetown University, and by Dr. Paul Knitter, Paul Tillich Professor Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary. Please join us for these lectures and the full slate of public panels.

More details and the full schedule available here.

Abraham Reflections: the Interfaith Fellows' Journal

2014 Undergraduate Journal Abrahamic Reflections is an annual production of the Lubar Interfaith Student Fellows. It provides those students with an opportunity to reflect upon their interfaith experiences, often in conjunction with observations on the Institute's events and programs over the course of their service. Read the 2015 Journal as a PDF file here.

The Lubar List: 96 UW–Madison Fall 2015 courses which include a component of religion, spirituality, or mythology

The Lubar List: 2015 Fall semesterThroughout human history, societies and cultures have been influenced by systems of belief and spirit.

Many instructors at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, understanding how people have considered religion to be a significant motivator in decision-making, have developed their course to explore how these belief systems affect our world.

Some courses’ content is entirely devoted to the in-depth study of religion itself; other courses just touch upon religion as one of many factors related to their topic area.

Together, this list of courses for the coming semester gives us a sense of how broadly—across more than 40 departments and programs—the study of religion and spirituality is integrated into this campus’s academics. That is the goal of the Lubar List: to simply appreciate the value of religious literacy in preparing for life in the global community after college.

If this sampling has caught your interest, take a moment to view the PDF which lists course title, description, class time, breadth category, and more. Please talk to your advisor about whether any of these courses are the right fit for your academic path.

About the Lubar Institute

ON WISCONSIN on the Lubar Institute
The Lubar Institute was featured in On Wisconsin (Winter 2013), the alumni magazine for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Read the complete article online at the On Wisconsin web site or download the five-page PDF here.

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Watch the video introduction to the Lubar Institute.

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