Behind that joke about the priest, the rabbi and the imam…

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Stereotypes and jokes aside, religion is both a sensitive and inflammatory subject, as are the half-sister topics of secularism and atheism.

With the goal of fortifying teaching, research and scholarship on comparative religion and interfaith dialogue at McGill, alumni Barbara and Patrick Keenan have made a $5 million gift to the Faculty of Religious Studies (the largest gift since the Faculty’s founding).

Barbara and Patrick Keenan; Photo by Nicolas Morin

Among the initiatives the gift will fund, the Barbara and Patrick Keenan Chair in Interfaith Studies – the first such Chair in Canada and one of only a handful worldwide — will bring world-class scholars to the University to lead new research initiatives in interfaith studies, and will result in the development of a new introductory level course, “World Religions and the Cultures They Create,” aimed at enhancing religious literacy among a greater number of undergraduate students at the onset of their university careers.

The Barbara and Patrick Keenan Conference Support Fund will support one or two high-profile symposiums that will bring together prominent international scholars to share their knowledge of world religions and globalization with the wider community.

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