Najeeba Syeed-Miller, a faculty member from the Claremont School of Theology with expertise in conflict resolution among communities of ethnic and religious diversity, will deliver the 25th Morrow-McCombs Memorial Lecture.
The event is scheduled for May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3041 N. Sierra Way in San Bernardino. Admission and parking are free, and a reception will follow.
Established 25 years ago with an endowment created at California State University, San Bernardino to advance better relations between Christians and Jews, the Morrow-McCombs Memorial Lecture grew in scope following the 9-11 terrorist attacks to include Islam. Over the years it has brought nationally and internationally renowned scholars to San Bernardino.
Syeed-Miller, an assistant professor of interreligious education at the Claremont School of Theology and the school’s first Muslim faculty member, will speak on “Religious Education for the 21st Century.” Her presentation will be followed by responses from a panel of local religious and educational leaders.
She has vast experience in interreligious dialogue. Among those experiences, she was at the forefront of Muslim-Jewish dialogues in the early 1990s, when she spoke at the first national conferences sponsored by the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies, and she facilitated discussions for the city of Los Angeles between Muslim and Jewish leaders from 2006-2009.
In April 2010, she appeared on Tavis Smiley’s NPR show with Rabbi David Wolpe and Christian pastors Rick Warren and Cecil Murray to discuss interfaith relations. She has spoken at various university public forums between Muslims and Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Catholics, evangelical Christians (Pastor Bob Roberts’ Global Faith Forum) and orthodox Jews. She presents on the topics of “Islam and Nonviolence,” “Islamic Public Diplomacy” and “Islam and Conflict Resolution.”
Syeed-Miller is also a sought-after speaker by the Muslim American community and recently spoke at the East Coast Islamic Center on the topic of “Ten Conflict Resolution Skills of the Prophet Muhammad.” She regularly hosts international delegations on U.S. State Department-sponsored visits, including one in April 2011 at which she conducted a dialogue on interfaith relations with a delegation from North Africa. She was a guest at the White House on two occasions to discuss national concerns related to interfaith education and cooperation.
Syeed-Miller’s conflict resolution experience is broad and includes gang interventions, diversity training at universities and public agencies, conflict resolution in public schools and environmental conflict resolution.
The Morrow-McCombs Memorial Lecture is jointly sponsored by CSUSB and the City of San Bernardino Human Relations Commission.
Further information about the event is available by calling (909) 886-3666, or the CSUSB Public Affairs Office at (909) 537-5007.