11-16-2009 Philip Terman, Richard St. John, and Egemen Ogretim

The Faculty Social Justice Committee and the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research (CIQR -- "seeker")* present

Title:  Jewish, Christian & Muslim Perspectives: A Conversation through Poetry and Story

Date:  Nov. 16 ( Mon.), 2009, 3:00-6:00PM, 240 Rangos School of Health Sciences, Duquesne University.

Presenters: Philip Terman, Richard St. John, and Egemen Ogretim

Abstract: Angry debates about doctrine, dogma, history and geopolitics have too often obscured the deeper human dimensions of religious experience.  In the belief that stories and poetry can open up fresh space for conversation and reflection, three talented writers from the Pittsburgh region have come together to explore interfaith perspectives through the uniquely human lens of art. Drawing on their own writings as well as poetry from their respective traditions, Egemen Ogretim, Richard St. John and Philip Terman join in a celebration of comparative human experience.  None of these writers claims to represent the complexity of their respective traditions or to be religious or theological experts Instead, they shed light on the three Abrahamic traditions, as contemporary writers giving voice to their own personal experience.  The result is a session rich in human commonalities and illuminating difference as an opening for audience conversation and reflection.

Phil teaches literature at Clarion University.  He has published three books of poetry:  House of Sages and The Book of Unbroken Days (both from Mammoth Press) and his newest volume Rabbis of the Air (Autumn House Press, 2007). Phil co-directs the Chautauqua Writers Festival at the Chautauqua Institution.  He is a member of Bnai Abraham in Butler, PA.

Rick is Executive Director of Autumn House Press, a national publisher of poetry and other fine literature based in Pittsburgh. His book of poems, The Pure Inconstancy of Grace, was published by Truman State University Press in 2005.  He studied English literature at Princeton University (B.A.) and the University of Virginia (M.A).  In 2002, following 20 years work in community development, he completed a Leob Fellowship at Harvard University.  He is a member of Community House Presbyterian Church on Pittsburghs North Side.

Egemen is a post-doctoral fellow in environmental engineering at West Virginia Universitys Morgantown campus.  His writings include poetry, short stories and essays.  He completed his PhD in aerospace engineering at WVU and his B.Sc. in aeronautical engineering at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey.  He is a member of the Morgantown Muslim community.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited.  Refreshments will be served.

For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the Center Coordinator, Fred Evans, Dept. of Philosophy, evansf@duq.edu, 396-6507, or access the CIQR website, www.ciqr.duq.edu .

*The Center has been officially approved by the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, The Graduate Council of the College, and the Council of Deans for the University.  It is based in the College but open to members of all the schools of the University.  It includes interpretive and qualitative research in both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences (including the practice of the latter in Nursing, Education, Occupational Therapy and other professional schools).