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Andrew Young is Keynote Speaker for National Diversity and Interfaith Summit in September 2008

20 Jun

For Immediate Release

(Huntsville, Ala.) -- The 2008 National Diversity and Interfaith Summit "Globalizing Human Values - Resolving Conflict in a Pluralistic World" is announced for Sept. 10-13 in Huntsville, Alabama. This 3 and 1/2 day summit brings individuals together from across the country for lectures, panel discussions and breakout sessions addressing human values from different faith and cultural perspectives.

Andrew Young, former U.S. Congressman and former mayor of Atlanta, will give the opening keynote. Young, who will also be featured at a reception, is a long-time champion of civil rights and is namesake of Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Other Summit speakers include well-known experts in the fields of human values, diversity and spirituality:
+ William Miller, author and internationally recognized expert on values-driven innovation for businesses;
+ Debra Miller, co-founder of the Global Dharma Center which focuses on spirituality in leadership and work;
+ Professor Yehezkel Landau, lecturer on Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations and Middle East peace issues;
+ Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College, former founding director of the Kenan Institute;
+ Dr. K.L.Sheshagiri Rao, chief editor, Encyclopedia Hinduism, Professor Emeritus at University of Virginia;
+ Deborah Levine, editor of the American Diversity Report, Founder of the Women's Council on Diversity;
+ Cynthia McCollum, president of the National League of Cities.

Additional speakers will represent the National Holocaust Museum, Aga Khan Foundation and the Interfaith Youth Corp.

Program details and registration information at or 256-536-2401. Early registration is $150 for corporate participants and those seeking CEUs; $45 for students and seniors; $90 for all others. These discount rates apply through August 15, 2008. Continuing education credits are available for clergy, social workers, nurses and human resource professionals. This event will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 607 Airport Rd in Huntsville.

"Over time, we've gotten away from human values in our lives," said Laj Utreja, chair of the Summit. "Those in power have sought more and more while showing less and less regard for the other person -- leading to misunderstandings, and social and economic disparities. Before we reach the tipping point, we want to reintroduce the practice of human values in our conduct in business, in education, and at home."

The event is sponsored by Interfaith Mission Service, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama Faith Council, One Huntsville Diversity Coalition, and Multicultural Center.


Since 1969, Interfaith Mission Service has united congregations and communities of many beliefs and traditions including Baha'i, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Unitarian, Church of Religious Science, Buddhism, Hinduism, and New Thought. This Huntsville, Alabama organization is based on the philosophy that diversity should be celebrated, and that working together, people of faith can meet community needs that individual congregations may find difficult to address on their own. More info at 256-536-2401 or
For Immediate Release

Linda Haynes, Summit Media Relations, 256-489-3884,
Dr. Laj Utreja, Summit Chair, 256-721-6695,


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