Notre Dame, Ind. (April 9, 2019)— Paola Bernardini, Ph.D., who teaches in the Global Perspectives Program at Holy Cross College will be presenting a “TED-style talk” at an upcoming international conference in Rome. The conference, “Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue and the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies” will feature interfaith leaders from around the globe. To date, the program has graduated 95 fellows from 33 countries.
The conference’s theme is “Education for Action: the Urgency of Interreligious Leadership for the Common Good,” and is being held on May 7 at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas. It will focus on the “power of interfaith leadership in bringing about positive change and highlight examples of inspiring initiatives taking place from grassroots activism to leading and influencing policymakers in both secular and religious institutions.” Dr. Bernardini, whose research involves interreligious dialogue and human rights, global justice, pluralism and interfaith coexistence, has taught the Christian-Muslim Encounter course at Holy Cross College for the past four years. “What I like most about teaching this course is witnessing how students’ eyes and hearts are expanded by the overall experience,” Bernardini said.
Dr. Bernardini holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as a Master in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has been the recipient of the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies and Associate Director for Research of Contending Modernities, a global research and education initiative at the University of Notre Dame. Bernardini has published articles in numerous international journals, including the Journal of Church and State, Lex Naturalis, the Ave Maria Law Review, and the Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law. She is the author of a book on Martha Nussbaum’s political philosophy.
Coincidentally, Dr. Bernardini’s talk will take place only two days after Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., President of the College will attend International Business Leaders Advisory Council at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation, one mile northwest of the conference headquarters.
The application for the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies at the Angelicum is open to those students who have gained a BA at Holy Cross and want to continue pursuing a more in depth study of other religions.