The Idea of Tradition in the Late Modern World: An Ecumenical and Interreligious Conversation

A Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Christ College, the Humanities-Based Honors College of Valparaiso University

Brief Description:

This conference brings together leading scholars — Christian, Jewish, and Muslim — to discuss the idea of tradition in the late modern world. In particular, the conference seeks to address three questions:

  1. What exactly is tradition?
  2. How can one transmit a tradition, specifically a religious tradition, in the cultural context of late modernity?
  3. What role do/should educational institutions play in this process?

Date/Time: Friday, April 20, 2018, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Refectory Auditorium, Mueller Hall, Valparaiso University
Contact/Registration: or 219.464.6730

 Tradition Conference registration form


9 a.m. — Introduction
Dean Jennifer Prough and Tal Howard
9:30 a.m. — First Session
Rabbi David Novak
10:30 a.m. — Coffee Break
11 a.m. — Second Session
Rev. James L. Heft and David Bentley Hart
1 p.m. — Lunch Break
2 p.m. — Third Session
Ebrahim Moosa and Rev. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson
4 p.m. — Coffee Break
4:30 p.m. — Fourth Session
Closing Panel Discussion, All Speakers
5:30 p.m. — Conclusion of Conference

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