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State Legislative Efforts to Restrict Sharia: A Conservative Perspective, The Honorable Edwin Meese, former Attorney General of the United States; Don Argue, former President of the National Association of Evangelicals and former Vice-Chair of the United States Commission on Religious Freedom, and Marshall Breger, professor of law, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vatican-Jewish Relations - An Ambassador's Perspective, His Excellency Mordechay Lewy, Ambassador of Israel to the Holy See - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Conference: Religion, Pluralism, and Democracy, sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University and the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion, Columbus School Law, The Catholic University of America - Friday, October 12, 2012

Shi'ism and the Politics of the Middle East, presented by His Excellency Professor Sayyid Ali el-Hakim, founder of the Imam el-Hakim Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon - May 22, 2012

Religious Liberty in Iraqi Kurdistan presented by His Excellency Rabban Al-Qas, Chaldean Bishop of Amadivah and Zakho Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government - February 2, 2012


The Concept of Professional Ethics presented by Mahdi Alizadeh, Ph.D. Candidate, and Mohammad Taqi Eslami, Ph.D. Candidate, The Center for Ethics and Moral Education Academy of Islamic Sciences and Culture (AISC), Qom, Iran - May 10, 2011

Honor Killings or Patriarchal Crimes? The Stoning of Soraya M. presented by Ms. Aziza Y. al-Hibri, professor of law, The University of Richmond, Founder and Chair, KARAMAH, and Robert A. Destro, professor of law, CUA Columbus School of Law - March 30, 2011


Making Sense of 9-11 presented by Dr. Nabeel Jabbour, author and professor of Islamics at five seminaries - April 6, 2010

Legal Status of Jerusalem presented by Mr. Yuval Shany, Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and visiting professor, Columbia University - February 25, 2010


Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction in the Middle East, David Makovsky, Ziegler distinguished fellow and director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Wisdom of Love: Man, Woman, & God in Jewish Canonical Literature, Rabbi Professor Naftali Rothenberg, senior research fellow and Jewish Culture and Identity Chair at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute; serves also as the town rabbi of Har Adar, Israel, November 11, 2009

The Role of Religion in the Public Life of Today’s Iraq, Sayyid Hussain al-Hakim, The Honorable Hojat al-Islam and Muslimeen - October 13, 2009

Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran, Kenneth Pollack, Ph.D., director, Saban Center for Middle East Studies, The Brookings Institution - October 7, 2009

Law, Culture, Politics and Religion: The Challenge of Creating a Culture of Peace in a World of Diversity and Conflict, Shimon Shetreet, Greenblatt Professor of Public & International Law, Hebrew University - September 9, 2009

America, Iran & the Prospects for Peace presented by Dr. Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution- March 30, 2009

The Role of America in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process presented by Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, Chair in Middle East Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University -March 18, 2009

Storm Clouds Over Jerusalem presented by Mr. Daniel Seidemann, founder and legal counsel for Ir Amin, Jerusalem - February 4, 2009

The Conflict in Gaza: Legal Perspectives & Political Approaches presented by Mr. Gregory Khalil, former legal advisor with the Negotiations Support Unit, Palestinian Authority, Mr. Paul Scham, professor and director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland, and Mr. Marshall Breger, professor of law, CUA Columbus School of Law - January 14, 2009


The Relationship Between Iran & the Marjaiyah of Najif presented by Sheikh Faith Kashif Al-Getaa - October 29, 2008

Islam & the "Other": The View of an Israeli Muslim Cleric presented by Mr. Ghassan Manasra, Imam & Sheikh of the Quadi Sufi Center, Director of the Anwar Il-Salam, & Teacher of Sufi Philosophy & Islam - October 17, 2008

The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace presented Mr. Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - September 24, 2008

Freedom's Unsteady March: America's Role in Building Arab Democracy presented by Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow & Director, Middle East Democracy & Development Project, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institute - September 15, 2008

The Challenge of Jerusalem: Geneva, Annapolis, & Beyond presented by Dr. Menachem Klein, Senior Director, Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and Mr. Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow & Director, Middle East Policy Initiative, the American Strategy Program & the New America Foundation - February 7, 2008

The International Criminal Court: Reflections of an Advocate presented by Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States - January 31, 2008

Iran, the U.S., & Missed Opportunities for Reconciliation presented by Ms. Barbara Slavin, USA Today Senior Diplomatic Reporter - January 16, 2008


Visit of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land sponsored by USAID, Center for the Study of the Presidency, Pope John Paul II Cultural Center & The Catholic University of America -

Islam in the West: Ideals & Realities presented by Dr. Mustafa ef. Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia & Herzegovina - May 23, 2007

Symposium on The Future of the Freedom of Religion sponsored by the CUA Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion, the American Constitution Society, & Sidney Austin LLP - May 17, 2007

Skepticism in Law in Early Judaism & Islam presented by Dr. Jacob Lassner, Professor of History & Religion, Northwestern University - April 11, 2007

Bomb Scare: How to Stop Iran's Nuclear Program without War presented by Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President for National Security & International Policy, Center for American Progress - March 21, 2007

The Rule of Law in an Age of Terror presented by Daniel Taub, Deputy Legal Advisor, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Seeking New Paradigms in Interfaith Dialogue: A View From Jerusalem presented by Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottestein, Director, Elijah School for the Study of Wisdom in World Religions, Jerusalem & Director, Center for the Study of Rabbinic Thought, Beit Morasha College, Jerusalem - November 21, 2006

Shi'a Islam & the Political Language of Iran presented Dr. William Beeman, Professor of Anthropology & Director of Middle East Studies, Brown University - November 13, 2006

Iranian Ambitions & American Options: Is There Another Islamic Bomb in Our Future? presented Dr. Judith Yaphe, Professor, Institute of National Strategic Studies, National Defense University - October 30, 2006

The Situation of Palestinian Christians presented by Dr. Bernard Sabella, Professor of Sociology, Bethlehem University - October 25, 2006

Religion & the State: A Comparative Look at Israel, Spain, & Iran presented by Mr. Asher Maoz, Professor of Law, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Dr. Gloria M. Morán-García, Professor of Law, University of Coruña, Spain, & Dr. Rahim Nobahar, Faculty of Law, Shahid Behesthti University, Iran - September 6, 2006

Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, April 24, 2006

Islamism & the Challenge of Political Inclusion presented by Dr. Jillian Schwelder, Assistant Professor of Politics & Government, University of Maryland at College Park - April 4, 2006

Education for Tolerance: Religious Education in Tunisia presented by Fayçal Souissi, Professor of International Relations, University of Tunis, & Azhar Hussein, Senior Fellow in Education & Development, International Center for Religion & Diplomacy - March 29, 2006

The Religious Aspects of Arab Constitutions presented by Dr. Nathan Brown, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - February 22, 2006


Bosnia & Herzegovina: The Religious & Political Landscape Today presented by the Honorable Bisera Turkovic, Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovian to the United States - November 10, 2005

Religion in the Military presented Arnold E. Resnicoff, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force & Chief of Staff of the Air Force on Values & Vision- November 5, 2005

The Rise & Fall of Political Islam presented by Dr. Nickolas K. Gvosdev, Editor, The National Interest, Senior Fellow for Strategic Studies, The Nixon Center - October 27, 2005

Traditional Islam: The Path to Peace presented by His Majesty King Abdullah II, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - September 13, 2005

The Philosophical Underpinnings of Maimonides' Legal Writings presented by Mr. Menachem Kellner, 2005 Scholar-in-Residence, The Foundation for Jewish Studies

Syria: A Historic, Cultural & Political Perspective presented by the Honorable Imad Moustapha, Ambassador of Syria to the United States - May 11, 2005

Modesty in the Abrahamic Religions presented by Dr. Mary Shivanandan, Professor of Theology, John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage & Family - April 29, 2005

The Abrahamic Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran presented by Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, DC & Chancellor of The Catholic University of America - April 28, 2005

Nuclear Iran? presented by Dr. Hadi Semati, Associate Professor of Political Science of the Faculty of Law & Political Science, University of Tehran & Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, & Trita Parsi, Middle East Specialist, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Finding the Place for the "Other": The Future of Jewish-Christian Dialogue presented by William Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Reverend Norbert Hofman, & Dr. Ellis Riykin - March 10, 2005

A Religious View of the Iraqi Elections presented by Karim Khutar Al-Musawi, Washington Representation of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq - February 22, 2005

Christianity in Iran: Past & Present, A Christian Voice from the Islamic Republic of Iran presented by Archbishop Ramzi D. Yousif-Garmou, Grand Bishop of Assyrians & Chaldean in Tehran 


Islam and the Concept of `Secularity, Dr. Abdulkarim Soroush - May 10, 2004


Misperceptions About Islam: Past and Present, Dr. S.H. Nasr, professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University - Sept. 5, 2003