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Faith-Based Humanitarian Work is Subject of Upcoming Panel


Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs are partnering to address faith-based humanitarianism, a growing phenomenon about which surprisingly little is known.

An upcoming forum will compare faith-based organizations to their secular counterparts and look at how they are transforming the landscape of humanitarian intervention today. It will address questions such as:

What extent does a group’s religious inspiration help or hinder its success, particularly in troubled regions marked by religious division and conflict?

Does the added dimension of faith contribute something unique to humanitarian work? Or is faith-based aid really just another form of religious proselytizing?

“Does Faith-based Humanitarian Aid Deliver Relief or Redemption?”
Wednesday, May 15
6 p.m.
Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center campus

Speakers will include:
Masood Hyder, consultant at the United Nations World Food Program, Development Program and Office of Humanitarian Affairs

Susan Martin, Ph.D., executive director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

Kenneth Gavin, S.J., assistant international director, Jesuit Refugee Service

David Rieff, author of A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis (Simon & Schuster, 2003)

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, Northwestern University

To RSVP, e-mail, call (212) 636-7347 or visit


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