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Dr. Arthur P. Urbano​

Arthur UrbanoDr. Arthur P. Urbano has served as the chair of the Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange committee since its founding in 2007. He received an M.T.S. in New Testament and Christian Origins at Harvard Divinity School and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Brown University. His primary research area is Early Church Theology and History, including the engagement between Christian, Jews, and pagans in antiquity. He is currently working on a collaborative oral history project exploring the admission of Jewish students to Providence College and their experiences between 1917 and 1965. He co-teaches interfaith adult education courses with local rabbis at Rhode Island churches and synagogues and  serves as a board member of the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center in Providence.

John Allard, O.P.

Fr. John E. Allard, O.P., is an assistant professor of theology at Providence College and a member of the Dominican Order.  He received an M.Div. and an S.T.L from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, and he has done ministry in a variety of settings:  Sacred Heart Parish in Jersey City, missions both in Lesotho and South Africa, and the Catholic chaplaincy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  He earned a Ph.D. in Religion and Religious Education from the Catholic University of America.  His academic interests include spirituality, rhetoric, and the work of the American monastic author Thomas Merton.

​Dr. Stephen A. Long

Dr. Long is professor of Christian Scripture at Providence College, having received his Ph.D. in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame. He teaches courses on the theological interpretation of the Old Testament, as well as on the Greek and Hebrew languages. He is especially interested in biblical law, Wisdom Literature and the Psalms. Additional research interests include contemporary treatments of the Trinity, neo-Chalcedonian Christology, and theological anthropology.

Dr. Victoria L. Templer

Dr. Victoria L. Templer is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Neuroscience Program. Originally from the Boston area, she received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, Animal Behavior, and Cognitive Science from Franklin and Marshall College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior from Emory University. Her research in the Neuroscience and Animal Cognition Laboratory research explores memory, attention, and learning in nonhuman models including nonhuman primates and rodents. She has served on the board for Congregation Beth Sholom and currently serves on the board of Core Connects Rhode Island and the Jewish Alliance Greater Rhode Island’s Anti-Semitism WorkGroup. As a psychologist and an observant Jew, she cares deeply about promoting interreligious dialogue, the relationship between mental health and spirituality, and eradicating all acts of hate and discrimination.