Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald joined the Rumi Forum on a Monday (May 18th) evening to speak on experiences in interfaith dialogue. 

His Excellency Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald, is a scholar in residence and the 2014-15  Walter  and Mary Tuohy Chair in Interreligious Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious  Studies at  the John Carroll University. A member of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, Archbishop  Fitzgerald was ordained as a bishop by then Pope John Paul II on Jan. 6, 1992, and was raised to the  dignity of archbishop on Oct. 1, 2002. He previously served as apostolic nuncio in Egypt and delegate  to the League of Arab States from 2006-2012 and as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 2002-2006.
Pim (Wilhelmus G.B.M.) Valkenberg is a professor of religion and culture at the Catholic  University of America. He previously worked for the Diocese of Breda as a specialist on adult    education, and for the Netherlands School of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion as research  fellow. He was an assistant and associate professor of dogmatic theology and the theology of religions  at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (1987-2007), where he studied Arabic and Islam as well. He  contributed to the establishment of a new Department of Religious Studies in 1991 with a focus on interreligious dialogue, and as associate dean of education between 1999 and 2004 he was responsible for the development of new programs of intercultural theology and pastoral studies. Between 2006 and 2011 he was a visiting professor and an associate professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland with a focus on Christian-Muslim relations.