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Jesus and Mohammed to be explored in Boulder lecture

The Aquinas Institute’s lecture series is back this fall and will address one of the most contentious international topics today: religious civil war in the Middle East.

Lebanon-native André Houssney will present a lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder next week to help Americans, especially Christians, understand the tension and violence in the Middle East.

The lecture “Jesus and Mohammed: Making Sense of the Modern Middle East” will take place 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in Humanities 150 on the Boulder campus near Broadway and 28th streets. It is free and open to the public.

“Recent events and violence in the Middle East are at the same time terrifying and confusing for many of us here in the west,” said Scott Powell, director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought. “The Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought is thrilled to welcome André Houssney … to CU for this important and appropriately ecumenical event.”

Houssney’s lecture will focus on Jesus and Mohammed, two of the most influential men in history who have drawn a large following today through their teachings and example.

Houssney was born in Beirut to a Lebanese father and American mother during the country’s civil war between Muslims and Christians.

He is currently a lecturer and teacher at Horizons International, a Boulder-based ministry. Houssney also owns fair-trade businesses, Zambeezi and the Zambian Soap Company.

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