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The Silber-Obrecht Lecture

The Silber-Obrecht Lecture, the first endowed lectureship in the emerging field of interreligious and interfaith studies, is an annual four-day academic residency in Baltimore starting in the spring of 2023. The lectureship aims to advance the field of study by presenting new and creative work by a senior scholar and interreligious practitioner.

The inaugural Silber-Obrecht Lecture, to be held from April 24-27, 2023, will be delivered by Francis X. Clooney, S.J., a theologian at the Harvard Divinity School and a leader in the field of interreligious studies.

The endowed lecture, managed and sponsored by ICJS, will be held in partnership with five Baltimore educational institutions: Goucher College, the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Morgan State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and the City, and St. Mary’s Seminary & University.

The Silber-Obrecht Lecture is named in honor of Sidney and Jean Silber and Charles F. and Margaret M.H. (Peggy) Obrecht in recognition of their longtime commitment to improving interreligious relationships and understanding.

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