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October First Friday Lecture Explores Islam

September 21, 2018

Dr. Robert Dunbar, visiting instructor of religious studies at St. John Fisher College, will kick off the fall 2018 First Friday Lecture Series as he delivers a talk on Islam and the Muslim world.

A picture of the Quran open on a table.

Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, in Cleary Family Auditorium; breakfast will be provided. A Mass will precede the lecture at 9 a.m. in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great.

During the lecture, Dunbar will discuss the basics of Islam, from core Muslim beliefs and the Prophet Muhammad to the Qur’an. He will also explore the differences between Sunni and Shi‘i Muslims, how Islam compares to other religious traditions, and issues facing the Muslim world in the 21st century.

Dunbar holds a bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College and a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport. He also earned a second master’s degree and a doctoral degree from Indiana University.

The First Friday Lecture Series, sponsored by the 1948 Society, is designed for individuals who are interested in hearing learned perspectives on a variety of topics from members of the St. John Fisher College and greater Rochester community. Parking is available in Lot A or in Lot S (shuttle service will be provided to and from the Mass and lecture locations).

Register online for the lecture, or for more information, call Libby Pinti at (585) 385-7350 or email