Live from NY 92nd Street Y returns to Vail |

Live from NY 92nd Street Y returns to Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Tariq Ramadan

On Tuesday, as part of its adult education initiative, the B’nai Vail Congregation will present its second lecture from the Live from NY 92nd Street Y program: a debate between Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ramadan entitled “Is Islam a religion of peace?” It will be moderated by Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times.

The program will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Vail Chapel and will be broadcast in real time, via satellite, which will allow audience members in Vail to submit questions to the speakers in New York. It will be free and open to the public, courtesy of B’nai Vail and the Vail Symposium.

The satellite broadcast series “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y,” now in its seventh year, offers lectures, interviews and readings from nationally and internationally recognized political figures, entertainers, newsmakers and authors to community organizations across the United States and Canada. It enables subscribers in remote locations to take part in discussions with some of the world’s most influential and fascinating people at their live appearances in New York.

The final lecture in the series, on Nov. 29, will feature Steve Martin.

This Tuesday, for the second program, B’nai Vail will present Hitchens, the famous atheist and prolific author and commentator and controversial scholar Ramadan, debating one of the most pertinent questions of our modern age: “Is Islam a religion of peace?” Hitchens is the author of several books, the most recent of which is “God Is Not Great.” He is visiting professor of liberal studies at The New School in New York and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California. Ramadan is professor of Islamic Studies on the Faculty of Theology at Oxford University, England, and author of “What I Believe.” Goodstein, the moderator, is the national religion correspondent for The New York Times.

The debate will start promptly at 6 p.m. and last until approximately 7:15 p.m., including the question-and-answer session. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 5:45 p.m. to get seated, and during the lecture may submit questions or comments in writing for B’nai Vail staff to transmit via e-mail to New York. In the past, many of these questions from Vail have been answered.

No reservations are necessary. If you need further information, please call Jeanne Whitney at B’nai Vail at 970-477-2992.

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