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Jane McAuliffe

Distinguished Senior Research Fellow

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April 10, 2019

McAuliffe to Deliver 2019 Holy Cross Commencement Address

Distinguished Senior Research Fellow Jane McAuliffe will deliver this year's commencement address at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. A prominent scholar of Islam who has been involved in Muslim-Christian dialogue, McAuliffe will also be awarded an honorary degree.


Jane McAuliffe is a distinguished senior research fellow at the Berkley Center. She previously was director of the John W. Kluge Center (where she was a distinguished visiting scholar during 2013-2014) and inaugural director of national and international outreach at the Library of Congress. She was president of Bryn Mawr College from 2008 to 2013 and is a former dean of Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences. McAuliffe has taught at the University of Toronto and Emory University, serving as associate dean for the Candler School of Theology. McAuliffe is general editor of the six-volume Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an, the first major reference work for the Qur’an in Western languages. Her publications include the Norton Anthology of World Religions (2015) and Norton Critical Edition of the Qur’an (2017); The Cambridge Companion to the Qur'an (2006); With Reverence for the Word (2010); and Qur’anic Christians: An Analysis of Classical and Modern Exegesis (1991/2007). She is past president of the American Academy of Religion and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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