Carol Bakhos, a professor of late antique Judaism and Jewish studies in the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures as well as the director of the UCLA Center for the study of Religion and chair of the Study of Religion Interdisciplinary Program, will take part in a panel discussion at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 in the UCLA Faculty Club’s Cypress Room.

The discussion, “Divine Election: Exploring the Function and the Quandary of Elective Monotheism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” is the culmination of the upper-division seminar course Religion 120 and is open to members of the general public. The course is designed to introduce students from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and cultural and religious backgrounds to an analysis of the complex interrelatedness of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Bakhos is the author of five books, most recently “The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Interpretations” (Harvard University Press, 2014).

Joining Bakhos in the discussion will be Elliot Dorff, rector and professor of philosophy at American Jewish University Los Angeles; Reuven Firestone, professor of medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles; and Amir Hussain, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University. Reinhard Krauss, a lecturer in the study of religion in the UCLA College, will serve as moderator.

The event is free, but reservations are required: Email csr@humnet.ucla.edu or call 310-206-8799. Presented by the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion and co-sponsored by the Academy for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies at UCLA.