Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thomas H. Lake Lecture

Dr. Ingrid Mattson (right) will give the seventh annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. 25 March. Her topic is prioritizing giving needs, including ideas from a Muslim perspective.

Dr. Mattson is Director of and professor at the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, as well as Director of Islamic Chaplaincy, at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut.

Born in Canada, Dr. Mattson studied Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario (B.A. ’87), after which she lived in Pakistan working with Afghan refugee women for a year. She earned her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999, and her research is focused on Islamic law and society. Dr. Mattson became Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America in 2001 and President in 2006.

Each year, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the center invites a renowned scholar to give an original public address on a topic related to faith and giving. The public lecture includes a question-and-answer session and an opportunity to interact with the speaker, allowing the community to engage him or her in thoughtful discussion on the ways religion or faith informs philanthropic practices.

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