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Holocaust Survivor Speaks at Benedictine on Popes and Interfaith Dialogue

October 7, 2019

Harold KasimowWorld-renowned Jewish scholar Dr. Harold Kasimow will deliver two lectures at Benedictine University’s Lisle campus: “Advancing Abrahamic Friendship: Modern Popes in Dialogue with Jews and Muslims” on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 PM in Goodwin Hall 411 and “Bearing Witness: Memories of a Child Holocaust Survivor” on Thursday, October 24 at 12:30 PM in Goodwin Hall Auditorium.

Both events are free and open to the public.

“Dr. Kasimow is one of the key figures in interfaith dialogue today,” said Dr. Peter Huff, Chief Mission Officer and professor of theology at Benedictine. “He is America’s foremost Jewish interpreter of papal contributions to interfaith relations and a model of spiritual integrity for believers in all traditions.”

Dr. Kasimow comes to Benedictine University as the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought lecturer for 2019-2020.

Dr. Kasimow is the George Drake Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Grinnell College in Iowa. He is the author and editor of many books, including Pope Francis and Interreligious Dialogue, John Paul II and Interreligious Dialogue, Interfaith Activism, and The Search Will Make You Free: A Jewish Dialogue with World Religions. His works on interfaith dialogue have been published in the United States, Poland, England, India, China, and Japan.

A native of Poland and a Holocaust survivor, Dr. Kasimow earned degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Temple University and studied with the legendary Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. Kasimow’s appearance at Benedictine is sponsored by the University’s Center for Mission, Ministry, and Inclusion. A reception before the October 23 lecture begins at 6:15 PM, and a book signing will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Huff at 603-829-6664 or


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