Two U.S. friends and an Iraqi archaeologist – plus Pope & President – visit the ruins of Sumer in southern Iraq. Pope Francis visited there in March, 2021 because traditionally that is where Abraham, the “Father” of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is from. During this visit, the history of the Sumerians is discussed along with a surprising story of probably the first-ever reported teacher-student-parent corruption!
Gratitude involves the acknowledgement of what people have or receive and the conscious action of wanting to give back in some ways. When applied in an academic context, gratitude can help students to improve student/teacher and student/student relationships; it can help them to be more aware of their learning environment and increase understanding and focus on their studies. It can also improve mental health and wellbeing of both students and teachers.
The author, Rabbi James Rudin, remembers Bob Moses, voter rights activist and education promoter who passed away earlier this year. Having met Moses in the 60’s during a period of protest and activism by many, including Jewish and Christian clergy together, Rudin was inspired by the words and passion of the young Moses. In this article he reflects on that experience and the enduring imprint it made on his mind.
Through Dialogue we grow and expand our world view, into our whole-ness or holi-ness. When we encounter another, “alien ego,” through dialogue we grow, expand and “pass over” to an even more complete world view and whole-ness, or holiness. Thus we become more complete and transformed. This transformation can then be shared with those who are “home” or community.
With global attention drawn to Afghanistan these days and the plight of girls and women there to have access to education, Dr. Riffat Hassan explains that the Quran does not exclude women from being educated. In fact, the Quran, as the most authoritative source of Islam, actually requires education for both women’s personal development and that of their community.
Professor of Religion, Leonard Swidler, reflects on the life of colleague, fellow seeker of knowledge, and friend, Philosophy Professor Joe Margolis of Temple University, on the occasion of his passing. Professor Swidler puts into perspective the very nature of Professor Margolis’ work in philosophy, to ask the important questions, regardless of the never-ending nature of such questioning. This questioning and the answers which we develop as human beings, are the work of the University as an institution of higher knowledge.