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  • A Tribute to Melvin J. Sykes

    May 31, 2017

    Please read the following tribute to Melvin J. Sykes, a founding Trustee of the ICJS, written by Dr. Christopher M. Leighton. Melvin passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the age of 93.   

    Most people will remember Mel as one of the finest legal minds in Maryland. He was the lawyer’s lawyer, and he could unravel the most arcane and convoluted of legal tangles. Mel took the law with the utmost seriousness and regarded the pursuit of justice as a discipline that required an uncompromising commitment of heart, mind, and soul. He, therefore, was... read more

  • Former ICJS Executive Director awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity

    May 17, 2017

    On Thursday, May 11, 2017, Dr. Christopher Leighton received an honorary degree from St. Mary’s Seminary & University.

    Dr. Leighton is the former Executive Director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS). He is currently the ICJS Protestant Scholar. St. Mary's Seminary & University reports that:

    On Thursday, May 11th, St. Mary’s Seminary & University conferred an honorary Doctor of... read more

  • Join ICJS Jewish Scholar for a talk on anti-Semitism in contemporary American politics

    April 24, 2017

    ICJS Jewish Scholar Dr. Benjamin Sax addresses anti-Semitism in the polical landscape at Towson University on Thursday, April 27. 

    When: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Towson University, Liberal Arts Building, Room 2310.
    For more information please see the ... read more

  • Our Ongoing Mission

    April 13, 2017

    Through education and engagement around religious difference the ICJS resolves to confront fear, prejudice, and violence directed against Muslims, Jews, and other minorities in America. 

    The mission of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) is to build learning communities where religious difference becomes a powerful force for good.

    To fully live out our mission in 2017:

    1) The ICJS resolves to confront Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, and all forms of religious prejudice, in our city, in our state, and in our... read more