Dr. Lamin SannehDr. Lamin Sanneh, noted author on Christianity and global religions, will be the featured speaker at an Inaugural Symposium at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Community Room of the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources.  The symposium is open to the public without charge.

Following his remarks, responses will be provided by a panel of other scholars in religion and theology:  Dr. Joel Carpenter, professor of history at Calvin College and director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity; Dr. Dana Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity at Boston University; and Dr. Nelly Van Doorn-Harder, who holds the Surjit S. Patheja Chair in World Religions and Ethics at Valparaiso.

Dr. Sanneh is the D. Willis James Professor of World Christianity and professor of history at Yale University.  He also is chair of Yale’s Council on African Studies, an editor-at-large of The Christian Century, a contributing editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research and serves on the editorial boards of numerous academic journals.

He is author of Whose Religion is Christianity? The Gospel Beyond the West; Faith and Power: Christianity and Islam on “Secular” Britain; The Crown and the Turban: Muslims and West African Pluralism; and Religion and the Variety of Culture: A Study in Origin and Practice.  He served on Pope John Paul II’s Pontifical Commission on the Historical Science and was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Commission on Religious Relations with Muslims.