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Dialogue Institute Austin, 2021 Virtual Annual Friendship and Dialogue Dinner (Sunday, June 20, 2021)

We are so excited to invite you to the Annual Friendship and Dialogue Dinner on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 6:00 pm. The event will be virtual on ZOOM.

The event will feature Dr. Ori Z. Soltes from Georgetown University as keynote speaker with the theme “Restoration, Reconciliation, and Resiliency.”

Each year we recognize exceptional contributions and service to the community by businesses, organizations, and individuals. This year, we are excited to announce that the Community Service Award goes to “the Central Texas Foodbank” for providing essential support to the people in need during the pandemic. President and CEO Derrick Chubbs will be receiving the award on behalf of the organization.

  • Keynote: Dr. Ori Soltes / Theme: “Restoration, Reconciliation, and Resiliency.”
  • Table Dialogue: Participants will join the break-out rooms and share ideas about the theme for a fifteen minutes period.
  • Sand Art: A unique sand art performance by Yakup Baris.
  • Award Ceremony: Community Service Award – The Central Texas Food Bank
  • Closing Prayer

Registration for the virtual event is complimentary with a suggested donation of $100 per person. All proceeds raised from this event will go to the Central Texas Foodbank to support its mission. Sponsorships opportunities are also available for fellow organizations and friends interested in partnering with us! Please contact at guner.arslan@dialogueatx.org

We appreciate your generous support. Sponsorships levels are:

  • The Promoter of Peace: $5, 000
  • Champion of Diversity: $2,500
  • Believer in Dialogue: $1,250
  • Supporter of Dignity: $500
  • Friend in Dialogue: $250

Registration is required by June 19th to receive a link to join the virtual event. You will receive an email prior to the event with details on how to participate.

For more information and to register, please visit www.dialogueatx.org

Dr. Ori Z. Soltes is Goldman Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine Arts at Georgetown University. He is the former director and curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, DC. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Haverford College, his M.A. in Classics from Princeton, and his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute and University. Professor Soltes is the author of more than 130 articles, exhibition catalogues, essays, and books and is the writer, director, and narrator of more than 30 documentary videos. Among his most recent books are Fixing the World: Jewish American Painters in the Twentieth Century; Our Sacred Signs: How Christian, Jewish and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; and The Ashen Rainbow: Essays on the Arts and the Holocaust. Professor Soltes has taught and lectured in more than 20 universities and museums nationally on subjects ranging from Symbols of Faith: Art as an Instrument of Addressing God to The Body in Ancient Art. Throughout the United States and overseas, he has guest-curated exhibitions that have focused on diverse aspects of Western art throughout the ages and art from across the world.

The Annual Friendship and Friendship Dinner is the flagship event and fundraiser for Dialogue Institute Austin. It is a celebration of diversity and multicultural expression. We believe that we all have an important role in Austin’s overall cultural development and the education of our citizens. Besides bringing a truly diverse group of Austinites together, our dinners feature inspiring keynotes and performances. We would love to see your organization as a sponsor and you as a guest at our event.

Dialogue Institute Austin grew out of the need to address the question, “How can citizens of the world live in peace and harmony?” The Institute was established in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization by Turkish-Americans and their friends.

Our Mission: To promote mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures by creating opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences.

Our Vision: Dialogue Institute envisions a society where every person views and treats each other with dignity, people come around shared values to promote the common good of their communities as well as the world as a whole.