First Dialogue Institute Intern, Angela Ilic,|Achieves Doctorate
L to r: Prof. Paul Mojzes, Rosemont College; Dr. Angela Ilic; Prof. Leonard Swidler; Prof. Terry Rey
Four and a half years ago Angela Ilic started as an Intern for the Dialogue Institute/Journal of Ecumenical Studies while at the same time beginning her doctoral studies in the field of Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue in Temple University Department of Religion (TUDOR).
This spring, 2012, she
doctoral dissertation-Toward the Healing of Memories and Changing of Perceptions: Churches in Serbia and Germany in Dialogue-"With Distinction," a recognition rarely granted.
Doktorvater (Doctoral Advisor) I attest to the fact that her
scholarly research and writing was clearly outstanding.
Further, at the oral defense of her
thesis, March 19, 2012, her
two hours of presentation and responses were so impressive that when at the end she
left the room for us five senior professors to deliberate, we all exhibited a collective sense of "wow!
not only articulated her
ideas clearly, coherently, and meticulously, but in a coherent, flowing English that was completely without the often ubiquitous "uh," "you know,' "and a"....
And English is only her
fourth language (!)-after her
native Hungarian, then German, Serbian, and finally English.
In addition to her
intellectual accomplishments (including several scholarly publications) in the last four and half years, Dr. Angela Ilic
also contributed manifoldly to the work of the Dialogue Institute
, especially in its dialogue training of scores of scholars, students, and others from overseas.
At the same time, she
also gained "hands-on" experience in dialogue and related training, which doubtless will also serve her
well in her
future work-as was very much an essential part of the aim of the Intern Program of the Dialogue Institute/Journal of Ecumenical Studies