Panel Discussion: Hope in Troubled Times: Interfaith Voices


Location: Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Spanish-American composer Jorge Muñiz, a professor of music at Indiana University South Bend, wrote “Requiem for the Innocent” as a multi-faith prayer for society and for all victims of terrorist acts in recent years. The work calls for full orchestra and more than 200 voices singing in English, Spanish, Latin, Hebrew, and Arabic.

In anticipation of the requiem’s world premiere this fall by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the University of Notre Dame invites you to a panel discussion to encourage reflection and hope in our community.

Building on the themes of the requiem, professors and community members from several faiths will reflect on how different religious traditions find hope in the midst of tragic loss. Panelists include: Lionel Jensen (East Asian languages and cultures), Mahan Mirza (Arab and Islamic studies), Dan Sheerin (classics and theology), and Bill Wassner (United Religious Community of St. Joseph County).

The panel is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University; the South Bend Symphony Orchestra; and Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

“Requiem for the Innocent” will be performed by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m., Oct. 2 (Sat.), at the Morris Performing Arts Center. Guest baritone Ivan Griffin will represent the souls of the victims by reciting and singing texts in multiple languages. The performance also will feature five choral groups representing the world’s major spiritual traditions: South Bend Symphonic Choir; South Bend Chamber Singers; Indiana University South Bend Chorale; Notre Dame Glee Club; and Shout for Joy Children’s Choir.

For more information, visit the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies website.