Dr. John Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University, will deliver the Department of Religion Annual Lecture at Campbell University on Feb. 12, 2013. This lecture, sponsored by the Thomas F. Staley Foundation, will be held in Butler Chapel at 7 p.m. The public is invited.
Esposito will be lecturing on “The Challenge of Pluralism: Christian-Muslim Relations in the 21st Century."  “I am excited to have someone with the national stature of John Esposito visit our campus,” says Dr. Glenn Jonas, Chair of Campbell University’s Religion Department.  “His story is itself interesting.  He grew up in an American Catholic family and spent 10 years in a monastery in pursuit of the monastic life,” adds Jonas. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from St. Antony College;  a master of arts degree from St. John’s University; and a Ph.D. from Temple University. 
Esposito is also Professor Islamic Studies at Georgetown and is Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding: History and International Affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. At the College of the Holy Cross, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Director of the Center for International Studies.
He is a consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations, universities, and the media worldwide. He has served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, Vice Chair of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum's Council of 100 Leaders. Esposito is a recipient of the American Academy of Religion's 2005 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and of Pakistan's Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies.
Esposito has written more than 30 books and is Editor-in-Chief of the 4 volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Oxford History of Islam, a Book-of-the-Month Club and History Book Club selection, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam and The Islamic World: Past and Present.
For more information on this lecture, click here or call 1-800-334-4111, ext. 1675.


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