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Manekin-Clark Annual Lecture

The ICJS Manekin-Clark Lecture annually brings a prominent interreligious thinker to Baltimore to engage the general public on a range of topics relevant to interreligious understanding and religious pluralism. The lecture is named in honor of two long-time civic leaders, Bernard Manekin and A. James Clark, and their interreligious friendship.


The program is made possible by endowment funds from the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation and the Manekin family. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Dalia Mogahed: American Muslims at a Crossroads

2022 Manekin-Clark Lecture

What opinions, attitudes, and beliefs do American Muslims hold today? How do these differ or align with the general public and with Jewish and Christian Americans? Muslims are often a topic of conversation in the public square, but less often are in the conversation. Dalia Mogahed, director of the national American Muslim Poll, brings the voices and opinions of this resilient American community into conversation with others, as she explores opinions and experiences on a range of issues, including voting registration, student bullying, mental health, Islamophobia, racial identity, and spiritual practices.

Recapturing the Prophetic Tradition 

Dr. Susannah Heschel offered a friendly critique and challenge of interreligious dialogue, drawing on the legacy of her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, whose work and writings on the prophetic tradition offer a model to irspire and sharpen future dialogue. December 2021

Religion & Politics in Transition:
The End of White Christian America

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. Founder and CEO, Public Religion Research Institute, December 2019

White Supremacy, Power, and the Role of Interfaith

Beverly Mitchell, Ph.D., Professor of Historic Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, June 2018

Banning Sharia

Anver Emon, Ph.D., Professor of Law and History; Canada Research Chair in Islamic Law and History; Director, Institute of Islamic Studies at University of Toronto, April 2017

Bernie Manekin, one of the founding Jewish trustees of the ICJS, was a man who became entangled in the lives of those that he came to know and love. Jim Clark, a Presbyterian, was a builder who wanted to change the inner, as well of the outer landscape of urban America. A lifelong friendship was forged. The Manekin-Clark Lecture bears witness to their deep, and resilient interreligious friendship.”

Heather Miller Rubens

ICJS Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar

Imagining Justice in Baltimore: A Jewish Perspective

Marc Gopin, Ph.D., Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, April 2016

Interfaith Leadership: Building a Healthy Democracy

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., Founder and President Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), May 2015

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Collision: Jews, Christians, and Muslims

David Nirenberg, Ph.D., Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought, University of Chicago, May 2014

From Religious Intolerance to Creative Engagement

Rabbi David Rosen, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee, June 2013

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Robert Eisen, Ph.D.

April 2012

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