Wednesday, September 3, 2008

SXU leaders meet with University of Jordan students and faculty

Visitors tour SXU campus, discuss religion’s role in higher education

Sr. Susan Sanders, R.S.M., Ph.D., (left) leads the Jordanian delegation on a tour of Saint Xavier University’s Chicago Campus.

Chicago (Sept. 3, 2008) Saint Xavier University recently hosted a delegation of seven graduate students, a faculty member and three interpreters from the University of Jordan’s Islamic studies department.

The Jordanian delegation visited America through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. They came to learn about the role of faith in American society as a whole, the role of religion in public and private universities, especially faith-based universities, the diversity of Islam in America and the importance of religious pluralism and tolerance in American civic life. The delegation also hoped to establish ongoing links with American students to improve understanding of Islam and to promote mutual understanding between Jordanians and Americans.

The visitors met with Center for Religion and Public Discourse Director Sister Susan Sanders, RSM, Ph.D., who also serves as SXU vice president for University Mission and Heritage, and Graham School of Management Dean James Brodzinski, Ph.D. to learn more about SXU and its programs on Aug. 22 in SXU’s Graham Conference Room. The visitors also met with University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D.

“Saint Xavier University greatly appreciated this opportunity to discuss the role of religion in U.S. universities and, in particular, the Catholic and Mercy dimensions of our university,” Sanders said. “I was happy to be able to tell them about the significant contributions that our Muslim students make to our university’s intellectual, cultural, and spiritual life.”


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