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Dinner series to examine Historical Connections on Middle East


The Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will host its dinner series “Historical Connections” centered on the effects of the Reformation and the Catholic Church in America, and the Middle Eastern Conflict on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road, “provides opportunities for spiritual growth to all people on their journey toward God in an atmosphere of prayer and reflection.”

The cost is $38 and includes a talk presented by Raja Tanas, professor and chair of the sociology department at Whitworth University. He will provide the Middle Eastern geography of turmoil between sons of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac, and their descendants. Tanas will present part two of his talk in October.

Tanas received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from the American University of Beruit, Lebanon, and his doctorate from Michigan State University. He began teaching at Whitworth in 1983, and researches Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.

For more information, contact Sister Mary Eucharista at (509)- 448-1224 extension 109.


Megan Carroll

About Megan Carroll

Megan Carroll is a junior journalism major and interdisciplinary arts minor — which combines her passions for music, theater and dance — at Gonzaga University. Her journalism experience includes news editing and writing for The Gonzaga Bulletin, news feature writing for the Gonzaga University News Service and freelance feature writing with local daily The Spokesman-Review. Megan also serves as the public relations representative for The Gonzaga Dance Council and Boundless Dance Club on campus, and taught free lyrical ballet classes to students for several semesters. When she is not writing, Megan enjoys singing during Gonzaga Women's Chorus rehearsals and weekly vocal lessons, dancing, and weight training. A Las Vegas native and avid hiker, she enjoys the beautiful scenery and different climate in Spokane. She worshipped in the evangelical Christian church throughout most of her life, but recently embedded herself within the Catholic tradition. However, discussions of interreligious dialogue and religious pluralism have led her to many religion reporting passion projects.

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