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Women and Interreligious Dialogue

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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Catherine Cornille
Boston College

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road


Abstract: Women are still largely absent from dialogues between official representatives of different religions, as well as bypassed for high-level appointments in dialogue organizations. Nevertheless, dialogue has played an important role in advancing critical feminist thought in various religious traditions. At this Boisi Center lunch event, BC comparative theology professor Catherine Cornille will present some examples of such advancements of critical feminist thought, as well as reflect on some of the continuing challenges and opportunities for women engaged in interreligious dialogue.  

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Catherine Cornille is the Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture and professor of comparative theology at Boston College. From 2008-2013, she organized the Boston College Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue, bringing together scholars from different religions and various parts of the world to focus on fundamental questions in Interreligious Dialogue. Her research interests include the Theology of Religions and concrete questions in the Hindu-Christian and Buddhist-Christian dialogues. She is the author of The Im-Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue, the founding and managing editor of the book series Christian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts, and the editor of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue. She holds a licentiate in theology, a B.A. in Philosophy, and a Ph.D in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), as well as an M.A. in Asian Religions from the University of Hawaii.

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