Press Release for Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Distinguished Voices Lecture Series Features Peace in the Middle East: Inspiring Voices and Stories
Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist
of Public Relations
The University of North Florida, The Atlantic Institute of
Jacksonville, and the Interfaith Center at UNF will host a panel discussion,
“Peace in the Middle East: Inspiring Voices and Stories – Faith Leaders and
Millennial Change-Makers,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Adam W. Herbert
University Center, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044, on campus, as
part of the Distinguished Voices Lecture Series.
The event will be a faith-based civil discourse about conflicts in
the Middle East, particularly between Israel and Palestine. Faith leaders will
explore the role faith communities may play in resolving the conflict. Young
voices will be speaking about their hopes and aspirations as members of a faith
or other values-based community often divided over the intractable conflict
between Israel and Palestine, the rise of extremist groups such as ISIS, the
treatment of religious minorities and the divisive rhetoric that may have
driven a wedge between communities here in the U.S. and Jacksonville.
Members of the discussion panel are Rabbi Donniel Hartman,
president of the New York and Jerusalem based Shalom Hartman Institute; Imam
Abduallah Antepli, chief representative of Muslim affairs, Duke University; and
Dr. Molly T. Marshall, president and professor of theology and spiritual
formation at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, student
leaders from Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Secular Humanist groups will serve
as panel respondents. The event will be moderated by Melissa Ross, host of
WJCT’s First Coast Connect.
Distinguished Voices lectures are free and open to the public; however, an
e-ticket is required. To obtain an e-ticket, visit
. For more information about the event,
contact Rachael McNeal, Interfaith Center coordinator, at (904) 620-2837 or Rachael.McNeal@unf.edu
The mission of the Interfaith Center is to engage the UNF campus around religious pluralism and
provide distinctive programs and services for students to voice values, engage
with others, act together and become a leader.
university located on
an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.