USD to Host Conversation on Inter-Religious Dialogue and Community Resilience to Violent Extremism

SAN DIEGO, CA: The University of San Diego’s Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) will be hosting and participating in an inter-religious conversation among Catholic and Muslim leaders. Violent extremism, terrorism, and transnational violent movements under a religious banner have led to growing public concern. Speakers will explore security-based approaches to countering violence and extremism that has in turn created new threats, particularly against the Muslim community in America.


  • Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy, Diocese of San Diego
  • Sayyid Syeed, PhD, Islamic Society of North America
  • James T. Harris, PhD, President, University of San Diego
  • Patricia Màrquez PhD, Dean, Joan B. Kroc School of
  • Peace Studies
  • Ami Carpenter, PhD, and Fr. William Headley, Joan B. Kroc
  • School of Peace Studies

WHAT: Inter-Religious Dialogue

WHERE: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In May of 2015, the Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) partnered with leaders and academics from major organizations representing the U.S. Muslim community to establish a national Catholic-Muslim dialogue. A central goal of this national dialogue is to implement the mandate of Nostra Aetate, which expressly calls for Catholics to engage persons of other faith traditions in dialogue so as to build up networks of collaboration, understanding, mutual esteem and friendship.

For over twenty years the BCEIA has conducted regional dialogues with Muslim organizations. Combining the energy and talent of scholars, clerics, and lay leaders in interreligious dialogue, these regional dialogues have produced a number of reports on a variety of topics including marriage, revelation, education, textual studies, and Catholic and Muslim collaboration in the public square.

The event is free and open to the public, but requires registration. Limited seats available.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.