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Welcoming the Stranger: Abrahamic Hospitality and Contemporary Implications

Monday, November 14
12th-Floor Lounge, Corrigan Conference Center, Lowenstein Center
Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th St.
New York, NY 10023
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One of the signal moments in the narrative of Abraham is his insistent and enthusiastic reception of three strangers. That moment is a beginning point of inspiration for all three Abrahamic traditions as they evolve and develop the details of their respective teachings. Such notions have been seriously challenged on many occasions throughout history.

The purpose of this conference is to explore these issues from a theoretical and theological perspective, and a perspective that examines concrete historical and contemporary instances within the past 120 years in which aspects of these issues have played out, most recently during the ongoing Ukrainian refugee crisis.


  • Ori Z. Soltes, Georgetown University
  • Thomas Massaro, S.J., Fordham University
  • Zeki Saritoprak, John Carroll University
  • Rachel Stern, founding and executive director, Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized, and Banned Art
  • Mimi Tsankov, immigration judge, U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Mohsin Mohi Ud Di, founder, #MeWe International Inc., a global nonprofit
  • Carol Prendergast, senior advisor, Alfanar Venture Philanthropy

This event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, parents, students, and the public.