Professor Richard L. Rubenstein and his wife Dr. Betty Rogers Rubenstein were beloved friends and caring mentors for me.
Dr. Betty died May 19, 2013 at the age of 92. Dr. Richard died May 18, 2021 at the age of 97. I have never seen love and respect greater than Richard’s love for Betty. Their care and lifelong guidance for me came distinctly from each, but always, finally as a single thing. It was comforting, and pushed and inspired me to strive. I wanted to become what they seemed to see in me. So many of their fleeting words remain alive in me now, fresh as the day they were spoken.
When Dr. Betty died, I worried or wondered how so great a loss of a partner so dear would impact Dr. Richard. The Jewish relationship with life and death to me is the finest I know, and Richard’s life, in his closing years, was a reliable paragon of proficiency, command and clarity. Richard’s closing years proved the integrity and force of his earlier years and courageous life. I continued to be blessed with the beauty and elegance of Richard’s social kindness and keen insight even after Dr. Betty was gone.
This is an especially good interview for anyone interested in Interfaith either personally or professionally. It contains valuable information for everyone from first time beginners, to seasoned interfaith veterans
Robyn E. Lebron
Writes in the arena of World Religion. Her books received the 2018 Best in class DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Award for Excellence in Religious Communication, given annually by Religion Communicators Council.
Her book “Finding Common Ground between Science and Spiritually” was awarded the DeRose-Hinkhouse Award of Merit in 2019.
She also was recognized internationally by The Books For Peace Commission 2019 for those who have distinguished themselves in the activities of peace and solidarity.
Ms Lebron manages Interfaith Professionals on LinkedIn, with over 5,400 members, has written articles for United Religions Initiative, Harmony Interfaith Initiative, The Interfaith Observer.
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Mr. Towler’s work has been translated into Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish. He is a founding board member of the National Qigong Association as well as its past President. Mr. Towler has taught qigong and Daoist meditation for over 30 years, and leads tours to visit Daoist temples in the sacred mountains of China.
Professor Rattan Lal is distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, Director of Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University.
Professor Lal commands an uncommon blend of towering achievement, light and grace in his person, and humility, integrity and honor. As winner of the 2020 World Food Prize, Professor Lal has reached a true pinnacle in a life and career already filled with achievement and worthy recognition. Visit Professor Lal’s CV here. Its evidence of devotion and industry is an inspiration in itself.
These brief notes are not offered just to heap praise on a worthy object, however. Rather these are to introduce a conversation on environment, soil health, food security, and matters of serious concern for us all. Dr. Lal’s knowledge and research are impeccable. He wears no blinders, and is clear about challenges posed by population and pollution. Yet his voice and confidence is hopeful and encouraging.
This interview is invaluable for both experts and for laypeople alike.
Doctor Jonathan Wells has his Ph.D. in theology from Yale University and his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Charles Hodge’s Critique of Darwinism (1988), Icons of Evolution (2000), The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design (2006), The Myth of Junk DNA (2011), and Zombie Science (2017). Wells is currently a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle.
In this interview Dr. Wells discuses his research presented in his 7 part Transgenderism Series, published here. This series is clear, comprehensible, and important for our understanding of this sensitive and important issue.
PWPA is fortunate for the generosity of Columbia University, Professor Jack Hawley of NYC, who worked closely and patiently with us past the tech difficulties to bring to us his wisdom on Religion in India, and unique environmental challenges that call urgently for our care and creative response.
This important and timely interview with Professor Hawley, (Claire Tow Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University) delves into the intersection between religious and political life in India, and how these impact the environment, and the health of its sacred rivers and beyond.
This interview here just below is a must listen for both specialists and new learners alike
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Woman beheaded and 2 others killed in knife attack at French church
An attacker armed with a knife beheaded one person and killed two others at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, French police and officials said. The country was already on high alert for extremist violence amid tensions over caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad published by satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/france-knife-attack-nice-terrorism-officials-say/
Thomas Block is author of five books, a playwright, is a 25-plus year exhibiting visual artist, and Founding Producer of New York City’s International Human Rights Art Festival (ihraf.org). Thomas was the Founding Producer of the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival (2010), a Research Fellow at DePaul University (2010), LABA Fellow (NY, 2013-14), Hamiltonian Fellow (2008-09) and recipient of funding and support from more than a dozen foundations and organizations. He has spoken about his ideas throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. His books include the non-fiction works Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity, A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God; Machiavelli in America, Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution and a novel, The Fool Returns. tomblock.com.
This particular interview is dedicated to discussing together Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity. Over the course of the interview we learn that this study is unique (one of a kind), and we learn why. An engaging and encouraging journey.
Professor Joseph Terwilliger is a multi-faceted and multi-talented figure, fascinating in all the fields of his interests and professional pursuits and achievements.
Joseph Douglas Terwilliger is an American geneticist and professor of neurobiology at the Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. In addition to his scientific research, he is known for accompanying retired basketball player Dennis Rodman on his visits to North Korea, where he serves as Rodman’s translator
In due course, the Professors World Peace Academy (PWPA) will interview Professor several more times to cover important topics of current concern. This first interview discusses the Genetics as an academic discipline, and touches on many of the unique areas of research in this area conducted by Professor Terwilliger.