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    Religion and Society Series Begins with Exploration of Religious Freedom and 14th Amendment

    Religious freedom and the 14th Amendment will be discussed in the inaugural public lecture of Duquesne University's Religion and Society Lecture Series organized by the University's Christian-Muslim Dialogue Committee (CMDC).

    The series will open on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a presentation by Dr. Nicholas Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law. The topic of his lecture in Room 719 Fisher Hall is Religious Freedom and its Intersection with the 14th Amendment.

    This is the first of three monthly lectures this semester that are designed to educate and engage the University community on the broad theme of religion and society. The focus of the first lecture is meant to address the growing national debate about individual religious freedom and the rights of others. The Oct. 14 lecture will focus on Mary in the Quran, and the Nov. 18 topic will address The Use of Music in Christianity and Islam.

    "The Religion and Society Lecture Series is a brainchild of CMDC as it continues to explore ways and means of advancing healthy interreligious relations and dialogue between Christians and Muslims," said Dr. Marinus Iwuchukwu, chair of the CMDC, which collaborated with the Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh on this series.

    "The lecture series is also meant to provide students and faculty with opportunities of learning as well as constructive and critical engagement on topics that intersect religion and empirical social issues and realities," Iwuchukwu explained.

    This lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments, including Turkish baklava, will be served. For more information, contact Dr. Emad Mirmotahari, 412.396.6420.

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