SWIDLER, Leonard


At the establishment of the World Ethics Institute Beijing, Professor Leonard Swidler visited for two weeks. During that time, he lectured and discussed the possibility of future cooperation with WEIB.


Leonard Swidler, born in 1929, is Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University. He began his studies at St. Norbert’s College where he first studied Philosophy and then Theology from 1946-1954. He later pursued a Master’s Degree at Marquette University in History and then received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. Prof. Swidler has had an extremely active career as the Co-Founder, Founder, or Editor of numerous journals including Journal of Ecumenical Studies (1964) Global Dialogue Institute (1993) Dialogue Institute: Interreligious, Intercultural International (1978), and Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (1980). He has recieved many Senior Fulbright Fellowships, including the most recent to teach at Chinese Culture University in Hong Kong (2007) and Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan (2011). Prof. Swidler has written, edited, and translated dozens of books including these few examples: Trialogue. Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue (2007),  Freedom in the Church (1969), The Meaning of Life At the Edge of the Third Millennium (1992), and A Global Ethic (2007). He continues in is efforts to promote inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue and foster a world wide code of business ethics.