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Dr. Leonard Swidler, Co-founder of the Dialogue Institute

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Dr. Leonard Swidler is the co-founder and President of the Dialogue Institute, which seeks to transform the world into a global community by fostering interreligious and intercultural scholarship, understanding and cooperation.  He is also the founding editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and a professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue in the Religion Department of Temple University, where he has taught since 1966. At Temple, and as a visiting professor at universities around the world, Dr. Swidler has mentored a generation of U.S. and international scholars in the work of interreligious dialogue.

He has published more than 200 articles and 80 books, including: Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue (1978); Religious Liberty and Human Rights (1986); After the Absolute: The Dialogical Future of Religious Reflection (1990); A Bridge to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue (1990); Muslims in Dialogue: The Evolution of a Dialogue over a Generation (1992); Jesus Was a Feminist (2007). The recipient of numerous international awards, he was most recently honored with the establishment of the endowed Leonard and Arlene Swidler Chair in Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University.  Visit his website at http://institute.jesdialogue.org

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