Global Education at Genesee Community College Focuses on Cultivating Peace and Understanding

On Thursday, November 9, the Global Education Committee at Genesee Community College is sponsoring World Religions and Cultivating Peace, a panel discussion that will describe how to live and communicate more effectively with those from other religions and faith backgrounds. “We want to create understanding and awareness. The committee’s mission is to build bridges between cultures,” said Karin Kovach-Allen, Ph.D., Dean of Human Communications & Behavior at Genesee Community College.

Experts from the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (CISD) at Nazareth College, which promotes research and encourages strategies for living peacefully in a religiously diverse world, will make fifteen minute presentations about Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Panelists include Dr. Joseph Schaller, an expert in South Asian religions; Dr. Nathan Kollar, whose area of expertise is Christianity; Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, an authority on Islam; and Rabbi Amy Sapowith, Director of Education at Temple Sinai in Rochester, NY, who will be discussing Judaism. The panel discussion will take place at Stuart Steiner Theatre from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, with a Q & A session to follow. This event is free of charge and open to the public.