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Since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the Roman Catholic Church has been a key player in interreligious and interfaith dialogue. The Center examines the Church’s interaction with other religious traditions as well as the challenges posed by increasing cultural and religious pluralism at the local, national, and international levels.

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Nostra Aetate Lecture Series

The Nostra Aetate Lecture Series, sponsored by the Office of the President, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the publication of Nostra Aetate (In our age) by the Second Vatican Council. It brought distinguished speakers to campus to discuss the place of interreligious and interfaith dialogue and understanding in the contemporary world. As a Catholic and Jesuit institution working in the spirit of Nostra Aetate, Georgetown takes seriously the task of building bridges between communities of faith and religious traditions. Past speakers include Fr. Hans Kung, Dr. Sayyed Nasr, and Rabbi David Rosen. The Berkley Center was a co-sponsor of the series.

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Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Professor Gregory Baum

Gregory Baum

November 17, 2010
Part of the Nostra Aetate Lecture Series, on November 17, 2010 Gregory Baum, Professor Emeritus, McGill University Faculty of Religious Studies, discussed interreligious dialogue via the theme "Dialogue or Proclamation: Rethinking the Church's Mission." The Nostra Aetate Lecture Series is sponsored by the Office of the President.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Dr. Hans Küng

Hans Kung

November 20, 2008
Part of the Nostra Aetate Lecture Series, this event featured controversial Roman Catholic theologian Dr. Hans Küng speaking on the topic of "Challenges to Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in Today's Global Crisis." This series was cosponsored by the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of the President of Georgetown University. Küng was the drafter of The Declaration Toward a Global Ethic of the Parliament of the World's Religions (1993), and of the proposal of the InterAction Council for a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Dr. Sayyed Hossein Nasr

April 3, 2008
As part of the Nostra Aetate Lecture Series, Dr. Sayyed Hossein Nasr spoke on the topic of "The State of Religious Dialogue: 40 years after Nostra Aetate." Dr. Nasr was the first Iranian undergraduate admitted to M.I.T., and he has worked to promote interreligious dialogue and interfaith understanding. He is one of the world's leading experts on Islam, particularly Islamic science and Islamic spirituality. This event was co-sponsored by the Office of the President adn the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Father David-Maria Jaeger (2nd Lecture)

David-Maria Jaeger

February 15, 2008
Father David-Maria Jaeger, OFM, presented a lecture, entitled "The Catholic Church and the Jewish State," on February 15, 2007. The lecture focused on the relationship between Catholicism and Judaism with a particular focus on the politicized Jewish state and its relationship to the Catholic Church. The lecture was a part of the Nostra Aetate lecture series and was cosponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of the President of Georgetown University. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Rabbi David Rosen

David Rosen

May 2, 2007
Part of the Nostra Aetate Lecture Series, this event featured Rabbi David Rosen, the President of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultation, which is responsible for coordinating Jewish participation in global interreligious dialogue. Rosen discussed the Jewish response to Nostra Aetate (In Our Age), "the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions." Developed during Vatican II, this declaration guides the Catholic Church's dialogue with Judaism and other religions. The event was co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Dr. William Vendley

March 27, 2007
Part of the Nostra Aetate Lecture Series. Dr. William Vendley, Secretary General of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, spoke about "Nostra Aetate in the Public Sphere." This series was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center and the Office of the President of Georgetown University. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Kjell Magne Bondevik

Kjell Magne Bondevik

March 2, 2007
Kjell Magne Bondevik, former Prime Minister of Norway, spoke at Georgetown University on the topic of "Interreligious Dialogue: Seeking Understanding in Our Age." Part of the Nostra Aetate Lecture Series, this event was cosponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of the President of Georgetown University. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Father David-Maria Jaeger (1st Lecture)

David-Maria Jaeger

February 5, 2007
Franciscan Father David-Maria Jaeger, OFM, JCD, spoke about the presence of Christians in Israel, their important role there, and the responsibility of Christians worldwide to help maintain that presence. Part of the Nostra Aetate Lecture Series, this event was cosponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of the President of Georgetown University. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Dr. Susannah Heschel

Susannah Heschel

November 28, 2006
Part of the Nostra Aetate Lecture Series, this event with Dr. Susannah Heschel of Dartmouth College was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of the President of Georgetown University. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Rev. Thomas Stransky, CSP (3rd Lecture)

Thomas Stransky

November 2, 2006
In his third lecture within the Nostra Aetate series, Rev. Thomas Stransky, CSP, an early drafter of the document Nostra Aetate, presented four reflections, entitled "Frontier between Bethlehem and Jerusalem: Nostra Aetate Lived," regarding the importance of interreligious dialogue. The presentation took place in Dahlgren Chapel on the Georgetown University campus on November 2, 2006, and was co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Rev. Thomas Stransky, CSP (2nd Lecture)

Thomas Stransky

October 18, 2006
At this event, Rev. Thomas Stransky, CSP, continued his lectures on Nostra Aetate with a presentation entitled "The Questions of Nostra Ætate: Asked and Not Asked; Given and Not Given." The event was co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.

Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Rev. Thomas Stransky, CSP (1st Lecture)

Thomas Stransky

October 4, 2006
In the inaugural lecture of the Nostra Aetate lecture series, Rev. Thomas F. Stransky, CSP, Rector Emeritus, Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Israel, presented a lecture entitled, "The Genesis of Nostra Aetate: How the Changes of Vatican II Included Jewish Relations and Interreligious Dialogue." Stransky's lecture was the first of four he gave in a lecture series in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's document on interreligious dialogue, Nostra Aetate (In Our Age). The Council's Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions revolutionized the Catholic Church's approach to the Jewish people and members of other religions. The event was co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.