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Sister Rose Thering Fund Annual Lecture Talks About Engaging Neighbors, Sharing Values and Building a Better World  

Anisa Mehdi

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"Can We All Get Along?"

It's as important a question as any in this day and age -- and it's one that the Sister Rose Thering Fund will explore in detail.

The Fund's annual Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf Lecture will take place on Sunday, November 6, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Jubilee Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public through the generosity of the Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf Lecture Endowment.

R.S.V.P. is requested. For more information or to register, please call (973) 761-9006.

The Lecture's three speakers are renowned and respected in their fields. They include:

Joseph V. Montville
Director, Program on Healing Historical Memory
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

Faith Joy Dantowitz
Rabbi, Temple B'nai Abraham

Anisa Mehdi
Emmy Award-Winning Correspondent, Director and Producer

About the Speakers


Joseph V. Montville

Joseph V. Montville

Joseph V. Montville is Director of the Program on Healing Historical Memory, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. He is also a Senior Associate and Chair of the Goldziher Prize Committee in the Center for the Study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Relations at Merrimack College in N. Andover, MA. Montville is Director of the Abrahamic Family Reunion, the Esalen Institute project to promote Muslim-Christian-Jewish reconciliation; Senior Adviser on Interfaith Relations at Washington National Cathedral; and a Distinguished Diplomat in Residence at American University. Montville founded the preventive diplomacy program at Washington, D.C.'s Center for Strategic and International Studies in 1994 and directed it until 2003. Before that, he spent 23 years as a diplomat with posts in the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked in the State Department's Bureaus of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs and Intelligence and Research, where he was Chief of the Near East Division and Director of the Office of Global Issues. Montville has held faculty appointments at the Harvard and University of Virginia Medical Schools. He defined the concept of "Track Two," nonofficial diplomacy. Educated at Lehigh, Harvard, and Columbia Universities, Montville is the editor of Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies (Lexington Books, 1990) and editor (with Vamik Volkan and Demetrios Julius) of The Psychodynamics of International Relationships (Lexington Books, 1990 [vol. I], 1991 [vol. II]). His most recent book is History as Prelude: Muslims and Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean (Lexington Books, 2011). In 2008, the International Society of Political Psychology gave Montville its Nevitt Sanford Award for "distinguished professional contribution to political psychology" at its 31st annual scientific meeting in Paris.


Faith Joy Dantowitz

Faith Joy Dantowitz is honored to be a rabbi at Temple B’nai Abraham since 2010. She received her B.A.S. from the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering and Applied Science and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1993. After ordination, Rabbi Dantowitz served as a rabbi at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, NJ, for 11 years. Following that, she was the Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment at HUC-JIR in NY for six years. She was in the 4th Rabbinic Cohort of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and participates in Hevraya (program for its alumni). She is passionate about social justice and was involved in efforts for marriage equality in NJ. Currently, she serves as Advocacy Vice President of the Women's Rabbinic Network. She is also involved with NJ Together Against Gun Violence. She was selected as an American Jewish World Service (AJWS) Global Justice Rabbinic Fellow (2014-2015) and traveled to Kenya in August 2014. Rabbi Dantowitz and her husband David live in Millburn, NJ, with their four sons, Ezra, Benjamin, Samuel and Daniel.

Anisa Mehdi

Anisa Mehdi

Anisa Mehdi is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, columnist and consultant specializing in global affairs, religion and culture. Her pioneering work as a producer and reporter in mainstream American news media spans 30 years. She began her career at Eyewitness News in Boston and moved on to the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes, where she worked with Dan Rather, Morley Safer and Meredith Vieira. Additional broadcast credits include PBS Frontline, ABC Nightline, and NPR's "All Things Considered." An Arab-American Muslim in mainstream media, Mehdi helped broaden the scope of reporting on the Middle East and its religious communities by contributing perspective and nuance to myriad stories before and after 9/11. Her acclaimed National Geographic documentary "Inside Mecca" profiles three individuals making the Hajj in 2003. She directed the Hajj episode for PBS's 2014 series, "Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler" Mehdi's Emmy Awards are from the world of arts and culture reporting. She reported on faith in America for PBS's "Religion and Ethics News Weekly," where she profiled the Navy's first Muslim chaplain and reported on Muslim candidates for public office just before and after 9/11. She was culture correspondent and arts talk show host for over a decade on WNET/New Jersey Network and interviewed 20th century giants such as Isaac Stern, Dawn Upshaw and Wynton Marsalis. In 2009-2010 Mehdi was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and served in Amman, Jordan. She has a Masters from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, a Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies from Seton Hall, and a B.A. from Wellesley College.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Clare Giangreco
  • (973) 761-9006
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