The Manekin-Clark Lecture Series

A lecture series that brings scholars to the Baltimore area to lecture on a range of topics relevant to Jewish-Christian relations. 

The Manekin-Clark Lecture is presented annually to honor Bernie Manekin's lifelong commitment to the work of Jewish-Christian relations. The Lecture is made possible by endowment grants from The Clark Charitable Foundation and the Manekin family. These lectures are free and open to the public. 

Past Lectures


March 2017 - Dr. Anver Emon presented "Banning Sharia" (the first lecture in the three-part Confronting Islamophobia speaker series) on March 2, 2017, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. In it Dr. Emon examined the legal and social implications of U.S. state legislatures' efforts to ban shariah law, with a particular look at how such legislation negatively portrays American Muslims. Dr. Emon was also ICJS' 2017 Manekin-Clark Lecturer.

April 2016 - Rabbi Marc Gopin is the Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) and the James H. Laue Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. At CRDC, Gopin has pioneered peacebuilding projects in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Palestine and Israel, and has trained thousands of people worldwide in peacebuilding for complex conflicts. He has also engaged in back channel diplomacy with religious, political and military figures on both sides of conflicts. He has written five books and conducts research on values dilemmas as they apply to international problems of clash of cultures, globalization and development, and social justice. His first book pioneered the theoretical and practical frameworks for engaging religion in the context of conflict prevention, management and resolution. The direction of his new research and teaching investigates the relationship between global trends in nonviolence and new approaches to global conflict resolution. He has appeared on and written for numerous media outlets worldwide.

May 2015 - Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that aims to promote interfaith cooperation. Author of the book Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, Eboo is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN. He served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Eboo has spoken at the TED Conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and universities around the world. He was named by Islamica Magazine as one of ten young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in America and was chosen by Harvard’s Kennedy School Review as one of five future policy leaders to watch. To watch Eboo Patel's lecture Interfaith Leadership: Building a Healthy Democracy please click here.

May 2014 - Dr. David Nirenberg is the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Much of his work focuses on the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultures constitute themselves by interrelating with or thinking about each other. To watch Dr. Nirenberg's lecture Collision: Jews, Christians, and Muslims please click here.

June 2013 - Rabbi David Rosen is the International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee and Director of its Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland. To watch Rabbi Rosen's lecture From Religious Intolerance to Creative Engagement please click here.

April 2012 - Robert Eisen received his B.A. at Yale University in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Jewish Thought at Brandeis University in 1990. His areas of interest include medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, biblical interpretation, religious ethics, and comparative religion. He is the author of three books, Gersonides on Providence, Covenant, and the Chosen PeopleThe Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy; and The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism. He has co-edited Philosophers and the Jewish Bible with Charles Manekin. Professor Eisen has received numerous grants and awards to support his research, including a Fulbright research grant at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1999-2000.

Professor Eisen consults on issues of religion and international conflict with an interest in fostering better relations among Jews, Christians, and Muslims throughout the world. He is a member of the C-1 Committee, an organization of Muslim and Christian leaders, and serves on the Middle East Advisory Board for Search for Common Ground. He is also on the advisory board of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

The Manekin-Clark Lecture is presented annually to honor Bernie Manekin's lifelong commitment to the work of Jewish-Christian relations. The Lecture is made possible by endowment grants from The Clark Charitable Foundation and the Manekin family. These lectures are free and open to the public.