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Main Campus - Philosophy Department
Scott Hall #1020, Mail Stop 510

Phone: 419.530.6190
Fax:     419.530.6189

2015-2016 Events




All events are free and open to the public.


The Pope Goes Green: Francis and Climate Change

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Libbey Hall Main Dining Room

The Annual Murray/Bacik Lecture in Catholic Studies by Peter Feldmeier, the Murray/Bacik Chair of Catholic Studies, University of Toledo. Free reception follows.

Is There a God or Some Other Ultimate Reality?

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 3:30 to 5 p.m.  4700 University Hall.

A conversation/debate by faculty from the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, with Peter Feldmeier & Ammon Allred moderated by Jeanine Diller. Light refreshments.

The Three Interfaith Amigos Come to Toledo!

  • "Problems and Promises of Interfaith Dialogue"
    Saturday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m. Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St., Sylvania
  • "The Practice of Effective Interfaith Dialogue" 
    Sunday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. Radisson Hotel at UTMC, 3100 Glendale Ave., Toledo

Sponsored by The Chidester Lecture Series at the Sylvania United Church of Christ and the UT Center for Religious Understanding. Receptions at both events.

Faculty Reads: quick, informal gatherings to hear faculty read from their latest work

  • Edmund Lingan, Chair & Associate Professor of Theatre, reading from his recent book The Theatre of the Occult Revival: Alternative Spiritual Performance from 1875 to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Tuesday, Oct. 27, Noon to 12:30 pm, 4700 University Hall
  • Ovamir Anjum, Imam Khattab Chair of Islamic Studies, reading from his book Politics, Law and Community in Islamic Thought: The Taymiyyan Moment (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Wednesday, Nov. 18, Noon to 12:30 pm, 4700 University Hall

Windows on Contemporary Islamic Issues byOvamir Anjum, Imam Khattab Chair of Islamic Studies in University Hall 4700. Light refreshments.

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 9:30 to 10:45 am: Do Muslim Women Need Saving? A reading, lecture and discussion of Lila Abu-Lughod’s recent book.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9:30 to 10:45 am: Is ISIS Islamic?

After-School Service Learning Project: A Multifaith Experience

Provide college awareness for Toledo Public School 4th - 8th graders. Part of the national Better Together Program. Thursdays Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29, 4 to 5:30 pm. Meet at the Student Union Starbucks. Contact Sabina Serratos at or 419.530.2992 to register.


Other Campus & Community Events

Pizza for the Poor

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7 pm, Corpus Christi University Parish, 2955 Dorr Street, Toledo 43607

Join the Catholic Student Association in making pizzas for people in need. All UT religious organizations are welcome.

Philosophy & Religious Studies Oktoberfest

Thursday, Oct. 1, 12 to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall near University Hall

Meet faculty & students in Philosophy & Religious Studies and learn more about our courses. Free refreshments available until they’re gone. 

Greater Toledo and Northwest Ohio Housing Forum

Wednesday Oct. 7, 1–5 PM, United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson Street. Networking event focused on all aspects of housing and shelter. Co-sponsors: Multifaith Council of Northwest Ohio, Toledo Area Alliance to End Homelessness, United Way of Greater Toledo, ProMedica, St. Paul’s Community Center, John Pettigrew.

Catholic-Muslim Dialogue: “Muslim-Catholic Relations after 50 Years of Dialogue: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Thursday Oct. 8, 7:00 pm, The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, 25877 Scheider Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551.  Speakers: Dr. Imam Talal Eid and Father David Bruning. Refreshments will be served. (419) 874-3509. 

Parade of Compassion

Fri., October 23, 6 pm, Promenade Park. For any and all groups who make up Toledo’s network of compassion. All groups are encouraged to wear their t-shirts, bring banners and more.


The University of Toledo’s Center for Religious Understanding promotes a deeper understanding of religion on campus and in greater Toledo, the nation and the world.

4700 University Hall, Philosophy & Religious Studies, College of Languages, Literature & Social Sciences,, 419-530-6190

Last Updated: 9/2/15