University of Denver and Marquette University


Ninth Annual Summer Conference 2016 at

Marquette University

6-8 July 2016


For information on projected Workshops 2015-2027, click HERE.


Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions

International Live Video Workshop on


6-8 July 2016

Presented by the Departments of Philosophy at

the University of Denver and Marquette University


the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies


Prof. Sarah Pessin, University of Denver


Prof. Richard C. Taylor, Marquette University

First held at Marquette University in 2008, this Summer Conference alternates between the University of Denver and Marquette University.

Starting in summer 2014 the format will change to an annual Workshop.

Workshop Format & Schedule

Featuring expert keynote presentations by

Prof. Therese-Anne Druart, the Catholic University of America

“Is al-Ghazali Really an Ash‘arite Theologian or Is He Rather ‘a masked Avicennian’?”

video link

Prof. Frank Griffel, Yale University

On al-Ghazali’s Tahafut al-Falasifa

video link

Prof. Taneli Kukkonen, New York University Abu Dhabi

“Al-Ghazali’s Project or al-Ghazali’s Authorship”

video link

Prof. Tzvi Langermann, Bar-Ilan University

“Al-Ghazali’s Purported Influence on Maimonides, or the Debunking of Recent Claims of Such Influnence”

video link

Final Program

Event Location:

Raynor Memorial Library,

third floor, room 320a

Wednesday 6 July 2016

For attendees physically present at Marquette University:

Morning 9-11 :

(a) preparation seminar for Thursday morning discussion of Prof. Griffel’s presentation

Lunch 11:30-1 pm at the Law School

Afternoon 1:00-3:00: 

(b) Preparation seminar for Thursday morning discussion of Prof. Langermann’s presentation

Afternoon 3:30-5:30:

(c) Prepararation seminar for Friday morning discussion of Prof. Druart’s presentation

Dinner ideas:

Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub or perhaps someplace downtown on the river

Thursday 7 July 2016

 9 am - 10:15 am

Prof. Frank Griffel (Yale University)  

Break 10:15 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am - 12 noon

Prof. Tzvi Langermann, Bar-Ilan University

For attendees physically present at Marquette University:

Lunch at Miss Katie’s Diner 12-1:30 pm

 Afternoon 1:30-3:30 pm

(d) Prepararation seminar for Friday morning discussion of Prof. Kukkonen’s presentation

5:30 pm

Depart for Reception at the home of Prof. Taylor on Friese Lake followed by dinner at the nearby Fox and Hounds Restaurant

Friday 8 July 2016

 9 am - 10:15 am

Prof. Therese-Anne Druart

The Catholic University of America

Break 10:15 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am - 12 noon

Prof. Taneli Kukkonen, New York University Abu Dhabi  

General discussion with all four Expert Speakers

12:10 - 1 pm

For attendees physically present at Marquette University:

Lunch 1:30


Dinner on the outside terrace at the Seven Seas Restaurant

on beautiful Lake Nagawicka.

Housing Options

Among the most convenient local hotels are the four star Ambassador Hotel and the less expensive three star Ambassador Inn across the street.

See  and respectively.

Housing available at Marquette University

Room Block Dates: July 5, 2016 departing on July 9, 2016

Sleeping Room Summary

Tues., July 5 – 5 rooms

Wed., July 6 – 5 rooms

Thurs., July 7 – 5 rooms

Fri., July 8 – 5 rooms

Nightly Room Rates

Mashuda Hall
Single Occupancy             $49.50       
DoubleOccupancy         $71.50

Triple Occupancy             $82.00

Cut-Off Date

Cut-off date: June 6, 2016. Rooms requested after the cut-off date are subject to availability.
Check in time: After 3 p.m.*
Checkout time: Prior to 10 a.m.*
* These times are based upon Central Standard Time.

Reservation Procedures

Method of reservation is Individual/Direct. Individuals are requested to call 414-288-7206 for reservations. Individuals should let the reservations assistant know they are associated with the Abrahamic Traditions Conference. 


Guaranteed Reservations

All reservations must be guaranteed with a valid credit card number. MasterCard or Visa are accepted.  Failure to check-in as scheduled without canceling the reservation at least 48 hours prior to the date of arrival will result in the guest being charged one night’s room. Failure to check-out at the posted time on the date of departure will also result in a penalty fee. There are no refunds for early departures.

Additional Policies

Rooms reserved under room blocks are not guaranteed to be located in the same area of the residence hall. It is our policy to try to keep all groups together, but special requests at times prohibit this from happening.

There is a $5 lockout policy to any guest who is locked out of his/her room.  There is a $75 key replacement fee that is billed to the guest for any key that is lost or not returned upon checkout.  Rooms are re-keyed immediately for security reasons; therefore, we cannot issue refunds for guests who send in or return keys after checkout time. 

Each guest is expected to leave his/her guest room in the same condition in which it was found at check-in.  Any damages sustained to the room during the guest’s stay will be billed directly to the guest.  Any damages noticed by a guest should be brought to the immediate attention of the desk staff.

Force Majeure

Neither party shall be considered in default in the performance of its obligations under this Agreement if such performance is prevented or delayed by Force Majeure. "Force Majeure" shall be understood to be any cause which is beyond the reasonable control of the party affected and which is forthwith, by notice from the party affected, brought to the attention of the other party, including but not limited to, severe weather, war, hostilities, revolution, civil commotion, strike, lockout, epidemic, accident, fire, wind or flood or because of any law, order, proclamation, ruling, regulation or ordinance of any government or subdivision of government or because of any act of God.


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