Lilly Scholar to Discuss Islam

Professor David A. Kerr, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, will discuss "Islamic Religion and Civilization" Monday, March 29, and "Islam in the United States" Thursday, April 1, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Cone Chapel at Willamette University. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Kerr, recognized internationally as an authority on Islam, will serve as a Scholar in Residence from March 15 to April 12 at the University. His visit is sponsored by the Lilly Project.

Educated at the University of London and the University of Oxford, Kerr has held research fellowships and visiting professorships all over the world including Lebanon, Nigeria, Israel, Sierra Leone, Ghana, South Korea, Thailand, Sudan and Kenya.

He has written extensively on Christianity and Islam and his latest book is titled, "Understanding Islam: an Interpretation."

Kerr has directed multi-year research projects for the Luce Foundation of New York and for Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia.