Dr. Iravani at the Institute of Philosophy of Academy of Science in Tajikistan

 Meetings and Conferences in Tajikestan Following his visit to Iran, Dr. Iravani participated in a conference at the Institute of Philosophy of Academy of Science of the Republic of Tajikistan (http://www.ifanrt.tj/) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He met with the head of the Institute , Dr. Karim Shimal and its faculties. They explored various cooperative ways amongst CSIME, Catholic University of America and the Institute of Philosophy and agreed to the exchange of students between the two institutions and to launch regional and international conferences in the near future in Tajikistan.

Dr. Iravani at the National Library & Archives of Iran

 Philosophy and Future at the National Library & Archives of Iran, Tehran In November 2010, Dr. Ahmad Iravani, presented his paper on the “Educational Value of Philosophy” in the panel of “Philosophy and Future” held at the National Library & Archives of Iran, Tehran. He discussed the fundamental role of philosophy in education: summarized in the following paragraph. Click here for the full-length paper.

CSIME in the Summit of Christian and Muslim at the Washington National Cathedral

 Washington National Cathedral hosted a summit of Christian and Muslim faith leaders March 1–3, 2010, culminating in a public dialogue the evening of Wednesday, March 3, at 7 pm, in the Cathedral nave. This was the first of four interfaith dialogues on reconciliation by Washington National Cathedral planned with the following four principals: Ayatollah Dr. Ahmad Iravani, president of the Center for the Study of Islam & the Middle East and research scholar at the Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.; representing the Shi’a Muslim tradition Professor Ahmad El Tayeb, president of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt; representing the Sunni Muslim tradition His Eminence Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Vatican The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane, Episcopal bishop of Washington Watch the Summit’s Public Dialogue video here. For more information visit Washington National Cathedral website here. http://www.nationalcathedral.org/learn/summit2010/ From left Dr. Iravani, His Eminence Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, Dr. Mohamed El Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Bishop Chane the Episcopal Bishop of Washington Cardinal encourages Catholics, Muslims to overcome violence ( www.thebostonpilot.com) By Carol Glatz

Ruth Graham speaks at Safe Haven Ministries

 Safe Haven Ministries, sponsored and supported by Moe Mohanna, is a place of worship that is open to over 2,000 homeless individuals in Sacramento. On October 29, 2010, Mohanna sponsored an event for Safe Haven Ministries to bring together business and political leaders to discuss the role of faith in society and serving humanity. Ruth Graham, the daughter of legendary Evangelist Billy Graham, was the featured guest speaker. She emphasized the importance of faith and religion in creating a positive atmosphere for understanding and tolerance between diverse groups. The event took place in Sacramento at the site of the future homeless shelter belonging to Mohanna. The event was a positive step towards building bridges between people of different backgrounds and focusing on the commonalities.