Luncheon Panel: Expanding our View of Inclusion

Luncheon Panel: Expanding our View of Inclusion

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.


Salomon Hall (located in Maher Hall)

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




As USD continues to expand its efforts to achieve a more diverse community and proposed changes in the core curriculum open up new questions about USD’s Catholic identity, it is useful to ask just what we mean by diversity. Race and ethnicity are the main categories through which Americans have tended to imagine diversity and they are obviously central. How does thinking about religious diversity complicate the picture? How does supporting religious diversity fit with or form a tension with other diversity aims? How do the categories of "religion" and "race" help or harm our ability to think about diversity? How does USD’s Catholic identity fit together with the ideal of a religiously diverse campus?

This forum, aimed towards both faculty and students, will explore these and related questions. Our panelists will be Drs. Louis Komjathy and Karma Lekshe Tsomo from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Dr. Gerard Mannion, director of the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, Dr. Alejandro Meter from the Department of Languages and Literatures, and visiting scholar, Dr. Qamar-ul Huda, senior program officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Each of these panelists will be representing a different religious tradition (Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Daoist, and Muslim.) An open, moderated discussion will follow. This program will be facilitated by Aaron Gross, PhD, assistant professor of Theology and Religious Studies, and recent CEE Travel Grant Recipient.

Those who register will receive lunch, which will be served promptly at noon. Please RSVP here by September 30 or by calling the Center for Educational Excellence at (619) 260-7402 or e-mailing


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