USF to Host Free Screening of “The Sultan and the Saint”

January 11, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis is presenting the free Fort Wayne premiere of the film “The Sultan and the Saint” on Saturday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, lessened the negative impact of the Crusades on Muslims and improved the relationship between Muslims and Christians.

Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this story is brought to life in “The Sultan and the Saint.” Scholars interviewed in the film include Fr. Michael Cusato, O.F.M. (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren, O.S.F. (Sisters of St. Francis of Rochester, MN), Dr. Suleiman Ali Mourad (Smith College), Dr. Homayra Ziad (Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies), Paul Moses (Brooklyn College), and others.

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This event is sponsored by USF Campus Ministry, the Office of Mission Integration and Spirituality, and the Office of Service and Social Action, as well as Fort Wayne Friends of Unity Productions Foundation.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.