We write to invite you to an historic event: Launch of Jain Studies program at Clayton Lincoln University on September 6, 2011.
The Claremont Lincoln University in Claremont, CA (suburb of LA) is new but the several affiliated Claremont Colleges on which it builds upon are very old and well known. We attach here an official invitation card and also share below the invitation letter from the Provost of the university.
This is truly an historic event for Jain academic studies and for the Jain community. The convocation event will be televised by national media such as by PBS and the LA Times. Mrs. Pramodaben Chitrabhanu will do the Manglacharan. In addition, several Jain community leaders, Jain scholars and senior university officials will also speak and welcome the Jain partnership with Claremont Lincoln University.
A limited number of seats have been especially reserved for the Jain community. This invitation is being sent specifically for leaders and thinkers such as you within the Jain and Jain Academic community from North America, U.K, India and other countries.
Your presence is important and will add significance and value to this event. Hope you will come.
Kindly RSVP very urgently to the following;
Dr. Sulekh C. Jain , Past President JAINA 832 594 8005 firstname.lastname@example.org Dilip V. Shah, Past President JAINA, 215 868 0381 email@example.com
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1325 North College Avenue Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 962-6800 www.ClaremontLincoln.org
An Invitation for September 6, 2011 & LAUNCH OF JAIN STUDIES PROGRAM
You are invited to join faculty, students, administration, and dignitaries as we gather to celebrate the launch of Claremont Lincoln University. It is a groundbreaking new model of higher education that desegregates religious education; a model that will produce leaders who can build partnerships and coalitions across all boundaries — religious, secular, governmental, corporate, and grassroots.
The launch of Claremont Lincoln is a historic occasion. But equally historic is the addition of Jain Studies as a foundational feature in the new university. On the same day as the University Launch we are celebrating the signing of a wide-ranging Letter of Understanding between the International School for Jain Studies and Claremont Lincoln—a partnership to be known as "ISJS at Claremont Lincoln.” With this step, the Jain community will become a vital member of this international consortium of religions, which we believe is the world’s first fully inter-religious university.
The Jain partnership represents one of the most significant steps in applied religion that the University has taken so far. Not only is Jainism the first Eastern tradition represented in the University, but the "Jain way of life,” which includes compassion to all life forms, beautifully intersects with and extends the university’s educational offerings. At the heart of Claremont Lincoln’s mission as detailed in its founding documents lies the ideal of "building bridges of understanding…for the purposes of improving and repairing our shared society, environment, and world.”
We will devote the morning of September 6th—from 8am to 11am—to celebrating the opening of "ISJS at Claremont Lincoln.” We begin by inviting Jain leaders from North America and around the world to a vegan breakfast on the university campus (8-9am). From 9 to 10:30, the honored Jain visitors will join dignitaries from the university for a special ceremony in Mudd Theater to mark this newest partnership of the University, between the International School for Jain Studies and Claremont Lincoln.
The Jain celebration will be followed by a Convocation officially launching Claremont Lincoln University. The keynote speaker event will be the Hon. Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa's ambassador to the United States and international leader in interfaith dialogue. We hope you will join us in the celebration and the luncheon that follows (12-1pm).
Claremont Lincoln has oriented itself as the most dynamic and truly collaborative center for religious education in the country. We look forward to meeting you and journeying with you over the coming years.
Sincerely, Dr. Philip Clayton Provost, Claremont Lincoln University UNIVERSITY LAUNCH AND CONVOCATION ________________________________
Tuesday, September 6
8-10:30am Breakfast and Jain Partnership Ceremony at Klein Patio and Seely G. Mudd Theater
11am Convocation - Seely G. Mudd Theater
12-1:00pm Lunch - Courtyard
Claremont School of Theology 1325 North College Avenue Claremont, CA 91711
HOTEL AND AIRPORT INFORMATION ________________________________
The closest airport to Claremont School of Theology, where the festivities will take place, is in Ontario, Calif. (ONT). Here are directions to campus . You may rent a car, book a shuttle, or use an airport taxi service to get to the hotel.
Super Shuttle – Book online here or call Linda Stuart at 213-305-8672
Affordable On-Time Rides – comfortable sedan transport to/from Ont. Airport ($30 each way, up to 4 passengers); Contact Pat McGuire at 909-938-9963
H & L Charter – Call Mary Ann White at 909-466-3984
The Doubletree Hotel is within walking distance of campus. The Doubletree is offering a significant price reduction for our Jain colleagues of $99/night if you book by August 22, for any overnight stay September 4, 5, or 6. Reservation information is below:
Calling in to make reservations: 1. Guests may call toll free 1-800-222-TREE or you may contact the hotel directly 909-626-2411
2. Refer to the group dates (guest will have to select within the parameters of 9/4- 9/7/2011, anything outside of these dates the rate will not pull up or will be "unavailable”)
3. Refer to GROUP CODE: CLU or simply the Claremont Lincoln University. Choice of room- type (1- Single King or 2-Double Beds) rate is $99.00 (not including tax or Breakfast)
4. From there reservation agent will ask for guest information and give you a Confirmation number.