ACU appoints two new Professors of inter-religious dialogue

Thursday, 6 March 2008

3 March 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has appointed Rabbi John Levi AM and Dr Daniel Madigan SJ as Adjunct Professors to the Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue (APCID) based at the University's Melbourne Campus (St. Patrick's).

“We are proud to welcome Rabbi Levi and Dr Madigan to ACU,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Gabrielle McMullen. “Rabbi Levi’s background in history and community leadership and Dr Madigan’s expertise in inter-religious dialogue will allow ACU to develop further co-operative inter-faith projects and stimulate continuing research.”  

Rabbi Levi has a distinguished academic record in both rabbinic and secular scholarship. His passion for inter-religious relations led him to help found the Victorian Council of Christians and Jews, and later, the Australian Council of Christians and Jews, of which he is a Patron.

Rabbi Levi is delighted with his new appointment and sees his work with ACU as an opportunity to “build even stronger bonds between the University and the Australian Jewish community”. Rabbi Levi’s immediate links will be with the Melbourne Campus (St. Patrick’s).

Dr Madigan was founding director of the Institute for the Study of Religions and Cultures at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he taught Islamic Studies and inter-religious dialogue.

A widely published specialist on the Qur’an, Dr Madigan advises the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on religious relations with Muslims. From his base at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., Dr Madigan will liaise with ACU’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue (APCID) in Melbourne.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.