Interfaith Dialogue Series co-hosted by BBI’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach continues

February 19, 2019

Interfaith Dialogue Series co-hosted by BBI’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach continues Feb. 28 with Discussion on Disability, Forgiveness, Animals and Faith

Source: Syracuse University News

An in-depth discussion of the relationship between humans and animals will be the second in the University’s spring 2019 Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series, “Common and Diverse Ground: Raising Consciousnesses by Acknowledging the ‘Hidden’ Things that Divide Us,” on Thursday, Feb. 28.

The dialogue, “On Disability, Forgiveness, Animals and Faith” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Noble Room of Hendricks Chapel. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Steve Kuusisto, University Professor and director of interdisciplinary programs and outreach in the Burton Blatt Institute, will facilitate the discussion. Among many other written works, Kuusisto is the author of “Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey” (Simon & Schuster, 2018).

The gathering will include a shared meal, facilitated dialogue and two periods of mindful meditation (at the beginning and the end). American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and inclusive food will be provided. Requests for accommodations or food queries should be made in advance by contacting

The “Common and Diverse Ground” series is co-sponsored by Hendricks Chapel, the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach in the Burton Blatt Institute and the Disability Cultural Center, and for several years has brought members of the campus community together in an inclusive environment to explore challenging contemporary issues.

The final dinner dialogue this semester will be “Interfaith Responses to Sexual and Relationship Violence” on Thursday, March 28.

For more information on the event series, contact Hendricks Chapel at 315.443.2901 or

About the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach
The Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach will create and advance interdisciplinary, intersectional educational programs, research and pedagogy focused on disability justice, identities, cultures and studies. The office will also engage with a wide array of University constituents to interface, network and collaborate with local, regional, national and global partners, and pursue development and advancement opportunities that underscore, celebrate and enhance the rich and nuanced experiences of disabled people. Disabled students, faculty, staff and alumni—including the significant experience and contributions of veterans—will be at the heart of this initiative.

About the Burton Blatt Institute
BBI reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities, with offices in Syracuse, NY, New York City, Washington, D.C., Lexington, KY, and Atlanta, GA. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. For more information about BBI, visit: