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Message from the Director

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Reconciling the children of Abraham requires understanding, dialogue, and engagement. It means preparing the minds and hearts of the next generation to appreciate and respect diversity in religious beliefs. It means cultivating knowledge of the common heritage of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. It means developing relationships with those who may not share our faith, but share our sense that faith matters. Finally, it means taking religion seriously, recognizing that religion has the potential to divide and unite, that religion can poison and leaven.

As a Christian university that takes faith seriously, Pepperdine is uniquely qualified to pursue religious reconciliation. As a university located in one of the most religiously diverse cities in the world, we are perfectly situated to pursue this path. As a university with global programs in five continents, we are deeply committed to pursue religious reconciliation where it is most needed.

The goal of the Glazer Institute is to do the hard work of religious reconciliation between the children of Abraham in the corners of the globe where it appears most unlikely, and in our own corner of the globe where it is already happening.

Ed Larson, Director


Dr. Ed Larson has relinquished his position as the Director of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies after 10 years serving in that role. On accepting Larson's resignation in 2021, his supervisor in the post, Provost Rick Marrs, wrote the following about Ed's service.

"Thanks Ed - you've done a great job with Glazer Institute. I truly appreciate all you have done with Glazer over the years. I'm sure more books will be forthcoming!"

The Provost's budget director Judy Semerau, with whom Ed worked most closely, added:

"You have been an excellent Glazer Institute Director these past years. You are going to be greatly missed.
Thank you for your service over the years, I appreciated the opportunity to work with you and get to know you better."

Ed will continue to teach as University Professor of History at Pepperdine's Seaver College and as Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine's Caruso School of Law. He is particularly appreciative of the inspirational support supplied over his years of service by Diane Glazer, Guil Glazer, and John Fishel. The Provost's exclamation about forthcoming books refers to Ed's writing and research.