Northwestern University

On Suffering and Wellbeing

May 27, 2021 at7PM CT / 8PM ET /Zoom Webinar

An Interfaith Dialogue

Northwestern University

On Suffering and Wellbeing: An Interfaith Dialogue
May 27, 2021 at 7pm CT / 8pm ET

Dr. Aderonke O Bamgbose Pederson
Chaplain Tahera Ahmed
Professor Claire Sufrin

Moderated by Rev. Kristen Glass Perez

It has been a little over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our lives. Life before masks, quarantining, and social distancing seems like a far distant time and it may feel like the end is just out of reach. Concurrently, our country continues to grapple with a reckoning of problems that were always there, just beneath the surface: racial injustice, economic inequality, healthcare inequality, and more. There is no doubt that suffering of all shapes and sizes has, and will continue to have, a deeply personal impact on ourselves and in our communities. Thus, as we imagine and pursue a more hopeful future, we would like to take a moment to reflect: What is suffering? Where and how do we find hope in the midst of hardships?

In this forum, we aim to engage the topic of suffering and wellbeing. We hope to examine how the internalization and response to our own suffering, and others, is shaped by our worldviews. How do our worldviews inform our conception of suffering and what we imagine and look forward to vis-a-vis collective wellbeing?

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Aderonke O Bamgbose Pederson

Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Claire Sufrin

Associate Professor of Instruction and Assistant Director of Jewish Studies

Northwestern University

Tahera Ahmad

Associate Chaplain & Director of Interfaith Engagement

Northwestern University

Kristen Glass Perez

University Chaplain and Executive Director for Religious and Spiritual Life

Northwestern University
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