André LaCocque launched a doctoral program in comparative religious studies to train a new generation of academics who recognize that one cannot understand early Christianity without an understanding of Judaism as well. He often co-taught with Rabbi Herman Schaalman, a prominent Chicago religious leader and activist. Dr. LaCocque established a Center for Jewish-Christian Studies which coordinated a series of groundbreaking conferences. Among the first to recognize the importance of including Islam in the conversation among the “peoples of the book,” the expanded Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies (JCIS) now sponsors a broad range of lectures, symposia, holy day celebrations, worship, workshops, film series and social justice projects nurturing deep learning and engagement among Muslims, Christians and Jews.
This Roundtable Talk will be available later in 2020.