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Niagara University’s president is in Istanbul today to deliver the keynote address for a conference of scholars discussing how the world’s three major monotheistic religions approach poverty and wealth.

The Rev. James J. Maher is among 50 U.S. scholars attending the conference, “Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Poverty and Wealth in the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” at Fatih University.

Maher; Hung Le, Niagara’s vice president for international relations; and Mustafa Gokcek, associate professor of history and a native of Turkey, also will meet and sign memorandums of understanding with administrators from several Turkish high schools.