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Upcoming Lectures

The Bishop and the Imam

"A Conversation on Immigration"


Monday, November 18th, 2019, at 6:00 pm
Price Center West Ballroom
UC San Diego campus

The Lecturers:


Robert W. McElroy was born in San Francisco on February 5, 1954.  He received his undergraduate education at Harvard, and received a master’s degree in American history from Stanford in 1976.  Entering the seminary for the Archdiocese of San Francisco was ordained a priest in 1980 and was assigned to the parish where both his parents had been raised.

In 1985 Archbishop Quinn asked him to pursue studies in the field of Catholic social teaching.  He received a doctorate in moral theology from the Gregorian University in Roma and a doctorate in political science from Stanford in 1989.  In the following years he served the Archdiocese of San Francisco as vicar general and as a pastor, and in 2010 Pop Benedict appointed him auxiliary bishop of San Francisco.  In 2015 Pop Francis appointed him bishop of San Diego.

Bishop McElroy has written two books: The Search for an American Public Theology and Morality and American Foreign Policy.  In Addition he has written a series of articles on theology and public policy for a variety of journals.

Bishop McElroy currently serves the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the committees on domestic justice, international justice, ecumenism, Africa, and Latin America.

Imam Taha Hassane is currently serving as the Imam/Director of the Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD). He joined ICSD in September 2004 from the Colorado Muslim Youth Foundation where he served as a youth instructor. Imam Taha graduated from the Institute of Islamic Sciences at the University of Algiers, Algeria, and served as a high school teacher and Imam for ten years before coming to the United States.

Imam Taha also holds a Master degree of theology in Islamic studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) in South Bend, Indiana. In addition to his regular duties at ICSD, Imam Taha is: Preacher & lecturer at various Islamic centers, colleges, and houses of worship in Southern California and around the US, a Religious adviser of the Muslim Students Association at UCSD since 2004 and a Member of the West Coast Muslim-Catholic dialogue.


The Lecture Series:

The Burke Lectureship has since 1985 sponsored a permanent, major series of free public lectures by distinguished scholars, authors, and leaders from various religious traditions who speak on the religious dimensions of being human and how religion interacts with society. The speakers visit the campus for one or more days of teaching and exchange with faculty, students, and interested members of the community.

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