Latzer To Deliver St. Albert the Great Lecture at Gannon University

Posted: November 18, 2015

Michael Latzer, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, will deliver the St. Albert the Great Lecture on Wednesday, November 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Room 219 of Gannon University's Waldron Campus Center, 214 W. Seventh St.

His address, entitled "Teaching Interfaith Understanding," grew out of his participation this summer in a seminar of the same name at DePaul University in Chicago. The seminar, offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), was led by Eboo Patel, Ph.D., founder and president of IFYC, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses, and Laurie Patton, Ph.D., president-elect of Middlebury College and former dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion at Duke University.

Twenty-five faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide participated in the five-day seminar, which aimed to broaden faculty members' knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources.

Latzer, a native of Canada, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, his Master of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario and his doctorate from the University of Toronto. His current research involves Bishop Berkeley, an 18th Century Anglo-Irish philosopher, his theory of religious language and his arguments with freethinkers and deists.

The lecture is free and open to the public.