Join other book lovers for stimulating lunchtime conversation about Colum McCann’s latest work, Apeirogon, an epic novel rooted in a real-life friendship borne of loss. Two fathers, one Palestinian and one Israeli, connect through shared grief that they marshal into a weapon for peace. Crossing centuries and continents through art, history, and politics, it is a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. The group discussion will be facilitated by Rabbi David Stern, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, and Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman, an American Muslim scholar and theologically driven activist for human rights. Author Colum McCann will make a brief guest appearance.
Rabbi David Stern, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, is a social justice advocate on local, national, and international issues. He participated in a study mission to the Darfuri refugee camps on the Chad-Sudan border in 2005. His commentaries have appeared in the Huffington Post and the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and his poetry has been published in the CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly.
Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman is an American Muslim scholar and theologically driven activist for human rights. He is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at SMU, as well as the Co-Chair Emeritus of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square. He was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan.