Program explores changes on college campuses after Sept. 11 attacks

Diverse Traditions/ Common Ideals program to promote dialogue | October 9, 2003

An interfaith and intercommunity dialogue program is exploring how things have changed on college campuses since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The program, titled “Diverse Traditions/Common Ideals,” is Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Cincinnati’s Hillel Jewish Student Center, 2615 Clifton Ave. The program is free and open to the public.

Diverse Traditions/Common Ideals is discussing the challenges and responses predominant in college communities since the Sept. 11 attacks, and is exploring what actions can be taken on campuses to promote religious understanding, positive relationships and collaboration toward peace.

The program is presented by Xavier University’s Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue and The International Visitors Council of Greater Cincinnati, and has received generous support from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Public Affairs, The National Conference for Community and Justice, The Hillel Jewish Student Center, The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati Student Activities and Leadership Development.

“We all say that everything changed with the events of Sept. 11. The question is: Have they? Not in some global sense of that, but how have those events changed the communities in which we live? And, if these changes are not for the better, what should we be doing to address them?” says James Buchanan, director of the Brueggeman center.
“This program is part of a series of dialogues the sponsoring groups have convened to provide an opportunity for the various communities to reflect together where we have come and where we are going in the wake of Sept. 11.”

For more information, contact the Hillel Jewish Student Center at 513 221-6728 or the Brueggeman center at 513 745-3922.