Carthage College hosts 3rd annual Diversity Summit

The Wisconsin Gazette

Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, is hosting its third annual Diversity Summit, with a series of activities and speakers focusing on the theme of religious tolerance.

The events are free to attend and open to the public. 

The schedule includes:

Tuesday, March 3, Charles Camosy discussing “Can Religion Contribute to Civil Discourse in an Era of Polarization?” at 7 p.m. at A. F. Siebert Chapel.Camosy teaches Christian ethics at Fordham University in New York. He attempts to dial down polarization and to fruitfully engage difficult issues like abortion, euthanasia, treatment of animals and health care distribution.

Thursday, March 5, Serve2Unite: Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis, at 7 p.m. at Campbell Student Union. Two men from vastly different backgrounds work together to promote peace through the organization Serve2Unite. Arno Michaelis was a founding member of what became the largest racist skinhead organization in the world and the lead singer of a hate-metal band. His love for his daughter and the forgiveness shown by those he once hated helped him to change and write “My Life After Hate.” Pardeep Kaleka is the oldest son of Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin when he was killed Aug. 5, 2012. A teacher and former Milwaukee police officer in the inner city, Pardeep Kaleka is no stranger to the battle against racism, bigotry, and ignorance.

Tuesday, March 17, Rachel Greenblatt discussing “To Tell Their Children: Jewish Communal Memory in Early Modern Prague,” at 6 p.m. at Niemann Media Theater (Hedberg Library). Greenblatt is an external residential fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute and a lecturer in Jewish Studies at the Harvard Divinity School.

Wednesday, March 18, Rabbi Irwin Kula discussing “Beyond Tolerance: The Indeterminacy of Truth and the Too Muchness of Our Identities” at 7 p.m. at Todd Wehr Center Room 128C. Kula uses Jewish wisdom to speak to all aspects of modern life and relationships. He consulted with government officials in Rwanda, helped build cultural and interfaith bridges in Qatar, and met with leaders as diverse as the Dalai Lama and Queen Noor to discuss compassionate leadership. Across the United States, he works with religious, business, and community leaders to promote leadership development and institutional change. He co-wrote “Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life.”

Carthage is a four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, the campus has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students.

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