Ashland University Center for Nonviolence Asks "Who is my Neighbor?"

1/24/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland Center for Nonviolence will be hosting a forum and panel discussion of the concept of neighbor and community on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ridenour Room of the Dauch College of Business and Economics located on Ashland University campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The discussion will focus on the different traditions and viewpoints concerning the concept of neighbors and community within the Abrahamic faiths. Panelists will include Judaism, Islamic and Catholic representatives. The primary focus of this discussion is to address the following questions: "How do we work together?" and "How do we challenge each other?"
The hour-and-a-half long symposium will feature three speakers: Rabbi Leah Merz, recipient of the Ferdinand M. Isserman Prize; Hameen Habeeb, president of the Islamic Society in Mansfield; and Father Joseph Hilinski, director of Ecumenical and Interfaith Activities for the Diocese of Cleveland.

Dr. David Aune, associate professor of religion at Ashland University, describes the symposium as an opportunity to explore ways for people of different faiths to work together, while acknowledging their differences and overcoming history of conflict in the name of religion.

"Who Is My Neighbor?" is the opening symposium of the "Creating a Caring Community" programming of ACN, which explores the history, theory and practice of nonviolence.

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence, located on the campus of Ashland University, is committed to exploring and promoting alternatives to violence in ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.  The center is committed to finding choices when there seem to be none, as well as answering the seemingly unanswerable question, "What else can we do?"  For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please call 419-289-5313 or visit us online at www.ashland.edu/acn<http://www.ashland.edu/acn>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.