“For the Love of Tomorrow – Peace as a Form of Resistance?”
University of Southern California, Los Angeles – April 17, 2011

About the Speakers

Sarrah Shahawy, the granddaughter of Dr. Hassan Hathout, is a Renaissance Scholar of Biology and French at USC. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, president of the Interfaith Student Council and Founding President of the Ansar Service Partnership. Sarrah has been selected as the Valedictorian for USC’s graduating class of 2011.

Eba Hathout, the daughter of Dr. Hassan Hathout, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She is the recipient of NIH and other awards and a Fellow of numerous medical organizations including the Royal Society of Medicine. Eba is the Founding President of the Hassan Hathout Legacy Foundation.

George F. Regas is the Rector Emeritus of All Saints Church in Pasadena. He is a proponent of peace, justice, and nuclear disarmament, Founder of the Progressive Religious Partnership and the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race, and Executive Director of the Regas Institute. He was co-recipient of the Olive Branch Award with Rabbi Leonard Beerman and Dr. Hassan Hathout.

Neil Comess-Daniels is the Founding Rabbi of Temple Shir Shalom, later to become Beth Shir Shalom. He is a board member of the Westside Interfaith Council and has chaired the Martin Luther King Jr Westside Coalition. A proponent of justice, he has used his musical and singing talents to promote love and tolerance.

James L. Heft, S.M. is the Alton Brooks Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California and President and Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. He was nominated as USC’s Professor of the Year by the Gamma Sigma Alpha society in 2007, and is the recipient of the 2011 Theodore Hesburgh award for his long and distinguished service.

Sherman Jackson is the Arthur Thurnau Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Visiting Professor of Law, and Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan. He was named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center and recognized by Religion Newswriters Association as one of the top ten experts on Islam in America.