News & Events

SHU Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies and Professor of Religion Dr. Ines Murzaku Invited to Present at the May 2013 UN and UNESCO Third World Conference on Dialogue Among Religions and Civilizations
Seton Hall > News & Events 


Seton Hall University's Prof. Ines Angeli Murzaku, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies, has been invited by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia to participate in the UN and UNESCO Third World Conference on Dialogue among Religions and Civilizations on May 10-12, 2013.

The date of the conference is significant as it commemorates the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan which granted freedom to Christianity, 70th anniversary of the Holocaust, and the 10th anniversary of the Summit of Heads of States of South East Europe on "Dialogue among Civilizations" and the Ohrid Peace Message.

macedoniaThe 2013 conference is the third among the World Conferences of "Dialogue among Civilizations" organized by the UN, UNESCO and the Government of Macedonia. Heads of states and governments; ministers for foreign affairs; Ministers of culture; Directors and presidents of commissions for relations with religious communities; Religious leaders and high representatives of faith communities and organizations; Representatives of international organizations, including UNESCO, Alliance of Civilizations, Council of Europe, Organization of the Islamic Conference, Arab League, Council of Churches, International Conference on Religions for Peace, and International Organization of La Francophonie are among the confirmed participants.

Prof. Murzaku is on the list of distinguished international experts and university professors specialized in inter and intra-religious dialogue and ecumenism. The 2013 Word Conference, as previous conferences, will adopt Joint Declarations for Dialogue among Civilizations and Religions. "I am thrilled to have been invited to such a high-level, government conference on inter-religious dialogue, a subject which is at the core of the Catholic mission of Seton Hall University. I have taught ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue during my entire academic career at Seton Hall University and am happy to give my input in drafting the new Joint Declarations for Dialogue among Civilizations and Religions. I believe that the restoration of mutual confidence and establishment of inter-religious and inter-civilization dialogue will play a role in liberating the world from past prejudices and delusions" – stated Dr. Murzaku.

About the Department of Catholic Studies
Established in 2012 — the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II — the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America's oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall’s Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church’s encounter and dialogue with society or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree - a major that enhances every other major.

To learn more, please visit the department website »

For more information please contact:
Dr. Ines Murzaku
(973) 275-5845


Sign In to PirateNet