Visiting professors join resident community


Professor Scott C. Alexander presents his book to Lay Centre residents.

Visiting professors to Rome frequently join The Lay Centre community when in the city for periods of study and research.

During the fall semester this year, we were pleased to welcome Dr Scott C. Alexander, associate professor of Islam and director of Catholic-Muslim Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

His three-month stay included his participation in The Lay Centre’s Italian language and culture program, “Buongiorno Roma!” 

Of the latter, he said: “It was a marvellous opportunity to make new friends while exploring this ancient, modern and wonderful city. I especially appreciated the intergenerational character of our group. Bellissimo!”

Dr Alexander also participated in everyday life at The Lay Centre, as well as in the planning of the prayer vigil for peace and the visit to the Great Mosque of Rome. Toward the end of his stay, he presented the fruit of his research to the resident community and friends for an upcoming book on Muslim-Christian relations.

Dr Alexander consults on Catholic-Muslim relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and for Oasis, an international research centre in Venice, Italy. He sits on the editorial board of several publications, including the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East.

We look forward to welcoming two visiting professors in the second semester: Professor Yair Zakovitch from Hebrew University in Israel and Professor Friederike Nüssel from Heidelberg University in Germany.

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