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Annual Spring McGinley Lecture Looks at Atheistic Imagination

Contact: Joanna Klimaski
(212) 636-7175

Scholars of different faiths will convene at Fordham next week on two occasions for the annual Spring McGinley Lecture.

Tuesday, April 24
6 p.m.
Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein, Lincoln Center campus

Wednesday, April 25
6 p.m.
Flom Auditorium, William D. Walsh Family Library, Rose Hill campus

Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, will deliver “The Atheistic Imagination: A Challenge for Jews, Christians, and Muslims” as part of an ongoing interfaith “trialogue” among the three Abrahamic religions. Father Ryan will discuss the works of three prominent fiction authors and what people of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths might draw from the authors’ critiques of their faiths.

Responding to Father Ryan’s talk will be Rabbi Daniel Polish, Ph.D., spiritual leader of Congregation Shir Chadash in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Amir Hussain, Ph.D., professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, email

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

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