Lourdes University's Faith Talks series explores the ways that our beliefs and faith traditions shape us and impact our daily life. The first installment considered remarkable women in the history of different faith traditions whose spirituality and stories have much to say to us today. For more information on Faith Talks, please contact Sr. Ann Carmen Barone, OSF, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, at 419-824-3703 or email email@example.com.
Dr. Fatima Agha Al-Hayani
Fatima Agha Al-Hayani, Ph.D., is a distinguished community leader and well known author. Dr. Al-Hayani currently serves as a court consultant and expert witness in the area of Arab and Muslim culture and tradition, Islamic Law and Muslim Family Law. Her publications include "Arabs and the American Legal System: Cultural and Political Ramifications", and "Science and Religion, Conflict or Concordance, Muslim Perspective." Dr. Al-Hayani has served as a lecturer at The University of Toledo in courses pertaining to Middle East society, culture, politics and family structure. She presented on numerous topics pertaining to Islam at many universities across the U.S. and Canada, always seeking to deepen understanding about Muslim culture and traditions. Today, Dr. Al-Hayani will highlight Zubayda al-Rashid, a talented and well educated 8th century leader who used her resources to support the advancement of literature and education, and Rabi'a al'Adawiyyah, an 8th century free slave known for her teachings and poetry.
Dr. Phyllis H. Kaminski
Phyllis H. Kaminski, Ph.D., is a Professor of the Religious Studies Department at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN and is also a well-known author of several articles and publications, including "What the Daughter Knows: Re-thinking Women's Religious Experience with and against Luce Irigaray" in Encountering Transcendence: Contributions to a Theology of Christian Religious Experience. She holds membership in the American Academy of Religion, and the Catholic Theology Society of America. Dr. Kaminski's research and writings highlight an interdisciplinary approach to education and an interest in helping students of religion and spirituality view these topics in the context of the real world. In her spare time, she enjoys bicycling and studies classical piano. Dr. Kaminiski is discussing the spirituality of Thérèse of Lisieux, a late 19th century cloistered Carmelite nun, and Jean Donovan, a 20th century lay missionary who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980.