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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 3, 2011

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College of New Jersey will host the Anthony and Theresa Padovano Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 18 at 4 p.m. in the H-Wing Auditorium.  Guest speaker Imam Hendi will present Islam and the West: Confrontation or Cooperation.

Hendi is also scheduled to speak at the Ramapo College Foundation’s Legacy Society event later in the evening.  The Society acknowledges donors who have created an endowment or have provided for the College through their estate plans.

“[Hendi] is a skilled individual who has done work in not only Islam, but also graduate work in Christianity and has had a regular dialogue with the Jewish community,” said Distinguished Professor of Literature and Philosophy Anthony Padovano.

Hendi is the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.  He is also a Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow of the Center for Dispute Resolution of the University of Maryland School of Law as well as the Maryland Judiciary’s Meditation and Conflict Resolution Office.

The Padovanos established a lecture series endowment last year that addresses issues of peace and interreligious dialogue.  The first lecture was held in October 2010 during the dedication of the Salemeno Spiritual Center and the Padovano Peace Pavilion. Theologian and religious historian Martin Marty of the University of Chicago was the guest speaker.  Distinguished Professor Padovano is also an internationally recognized scholar and theologian.

The lecture series was created during the planning of the Salemeno Spiritual Center as a vehicle to address issues of spirituality and religion of interest to the student body.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.

For more information about the event or future Anthony and Theresa Padovano Lecture Series events, please contact Professor Padovano via email at or by telephone at 201.684.7430.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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