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SAVE THE DATE: March 7, 2017 at 2PM

The Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center at Uconn will be hosting an event featuring Jessica Martinez, who will speak about religious Latinx identities.

Fourth Annual Interfaith Series: Faith in Times of Conflict

Sponsored by Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Inc. (CCIU) and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (WA)

Please join CCIU and the WA for three films that encourage interreligious discussions. Two guest commentators will give brief remarks after each screening as well as lead a Q&A session.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2 PM

The Innocents (2016, 115 Minutes)

In 1945 Poland, a French Jewish medic comes to the aid of a convent that’s been ravaged by invading troops. As the secular Mathilde forges a bond with the needy nuns, she also discovers a terrible secret that is poisoning the life of the spiritual community. DIRECTOR:  Anne Fontaine, Rated PG-13.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2 PM

Divided We Fall (2000/1, 122 Minutes)

Based on a true story that takes place during World War II in a small German-occupied Czechoslovakian village, this film focuses on Josef and Marie Cizek, a childless couple who struggle to evade detection when they provide shelter to a Jewish neighbor who has escaped from a Nazi concentration camp. DIRECTOR: Jan Hrebejik, Rated PG-13.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2 PM

Bombay (1995, 141 Minutes)

A Hindu man, Shekhar, and a Muslim woman, Shaila Bano, fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they become parents of twin boys, Kabir Narayan and Kamal Basheer. however, growing religious tensions and erupting riots in 1992-93 in the city threaten to tear the family apart. DIRECTOR: Mani Ratnam, PG recommended.

InterFaith & Feminism (March 9, 2017)

When?  March 9, 2017 (400 – 530 PM)

Where?  Konover Auditorium

Contact?  Kathy Fischer at

Feminism and faith are firmly connected because our views on gender have deep roots in religious doctrines. This panel discussion will explore the most pressing issues at the intersection of faith and gender, and how women of different faiths can collaborate across differences and work together in coalition for gender equity and justice.


A moving UConn Today post by alumnus Gerald Krell (SFA, ’57)– this was originally published in 2012:

UCONN Reads Sponsored Event: October 20, 2016 (Stamford Campus)

Thursday, October 20 in A1 (Gen Re Auditorium) at UConn Stamford

Discussing Sikhi in America:  “They Called Me Osama” Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

Reception:  12:00-12:30

Film screening and panel discussion will begin at 12:30 pm


Maneetpaul Singh is a recent graduate from the UConn Stamford campus holding degrees in Digital Media Design and Business Administration. He was awarded the IDEA great in early 2015 and went on to produce a short documentary about his religion, Sikhi, titled “They Called Me Osama.”

Simran Jeet Singh is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity University. He is also a Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition and a Truman National Security Fellow for the Truman National Security Project.  He was both a mentor and narrator for the film “They Called Me Osama.”

Balpreet Kaur is a recent graduate of the Ohio State University, majoring in Neuroscience and International Development. She is passionate about aiding those in developing parts of the world as well as serving as an advocate for the Sikh community. As a Sikh-American, she shares her story in “They Call Me Osama.”

Co-sponsored by UConn Reads, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman Lecture and Conference Series in Human Rights Practice and Office of Global Affairs, UConn Digital Media & Design, and UConn Stamford


SAVE THE DATE/AHIMSA Nonviolence and Religious Literacy

Monday, October 3, 2016
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Storrs Campus




“Teaching Religious Literacy in America”

Keynote Speaker DIANE L. MOORE focuses her research on enhancing the public understanding of religion through education from the lens of critical theory. She directs Harvard Divinity’s Religious Literacy Project, coordinates the Religious Studies and Education Certificate, and serves on the Task Force for Training, Tools, and Methods at the US State Department through its Office of Religion and Global Affairs.

Her current project is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) through HarvardX – a series entitled World Religions Through Their Scriptures. She is also the Principal Investigator for a three-year initiative entitled Religious Literacy and the Professions that is a collaboration between Harvard Divinity School and Boston University.

Dr. Moore chaired the American Academy of Religion’s Task Force on Religion in the Schools, which conducted a three-year initiative to establish guidelines for teaching about religion in K-12 public schools. Her book Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Cultural Studies Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education was published by Palgrave in 2007 and she serves on the editorial boards of the journals Religion and Education and the British Journal of Religious Education.

In 2014 she received the Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award from the Harvard Extension School and the Griffiths award from the Connecticut Council for Interfaith Understanding for her work promoting the public understanding of religion. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

The AHIMSA / NONVIOLENCE SEMINAR is a partnership between the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and key members of the Greater Hartford Jain Center. Since 2001, this yearly seminar aspires to connect the principle of nonviolence with its practice to address contemporary concerns, holding as an ideal the Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of social activism to achieve beneficial change in the world.


Ms. Fe Delos-Santos at