American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters.

Event details

  • Tuesday | December 17, 2019
  • 7:00 pm

This book is a compilation of letters and essays to leaders in Washington D.C., written by scholars addressing issues of morality and justice.

Hear the panel’s views on this diverse and empowering work.  Sponsored by the Behrend Lecture Fund.

Meet the Panelists:

Murali Balaji, Ph.D., is the graduate diversity advisor and professional development supervisor and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. He is a journalist, author, and academic with nearly 20 years of experience in diversity leadership. Balaji has also served as the education director for the Hindu American Foundation, where he was recognized as a national leader in cultural competency and religious literacy.

Naomi Koltun-Fromm received a BA in history from Barnard College, and her MA and PhD from Stanford in history and Jewish Studies. Dr. Koltun-Fromm was Director of Jewish Studies at Tulane University for before joining the Haverford College faculty with her husband in a joint position in the Department of Religion. Professor Koltun-Fromm specializes in Late Ancient Jewish history, Jewish and Christian relations, religious polemics, comparative biblical exegesis, rabbinic culture, and the Syriac speaking churches.

Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph.D. is the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Provost and Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is co-editor of American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters and associate editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (CCAR Press, 2008).

Adnan Zulfiqar is a legal scholar, educator and strategist working on issues of criminal justice, Islamic law, and foreign policy. He is Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School and a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. Zulfiqar previously served as the first Interfaith Fellow and Muslim Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania and was on the Administrative Committee of the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia for many years.