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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






Always free and open to the public.


The Pope Goes Green: Francis and Climate Change

Date TBD, Libbey Hall Main Dining Room

The Annual Murray/Bacik Lecture in Catholic Studies, by Peter Feldmeier, Ph.D., 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. Free food.


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.


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, November 2014). Tuesday, October 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, November 18, Noon to 12:30 pm, 4700 University Hall


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 October 8, 15, 22, and 29, 4 to 5:30 pm. Meet at the Student Union Starbucks. Contact or 419.530.2992 to register.



Other Campus & Community Events


Philosophy & Religious Studies Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 1, 11 to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall near University Hall

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


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

Speakers: Dr. Imam Talal Eid and Father David Bruning 

Thursday October 8, 7:00 pm, The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, 25877 Scheider Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551. (419) 874-3509. Refreshments will be served.

Greater Toledo and Northwest Ohio Housing Forum

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. Wednesday October 7, 1–5 PM, United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson Street.



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

Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

College of Languages, Literature & Social Sciences


Last Updated: 8/24/15