Crossroad of Religions
Join the Parliament of the World’s Religions for the official kick off of its FOCUS24 series on Thursday, February 22nd for the virtual event, The Year of Democracy. 2024 has been designated by many civil society organizations as “The Year of Democracy.” 70+ national elections and 50+ local elections are engaging millions of people and shaping the future of the world this calendar year. In response to this critical election year the Parliament of the World's Religions presents FOCUS24 | Faith, Democracy, and Our Common Future: Shaping a Path Forward, a year-long initiative that commits its interfaith community's attention to a collective concern for democracy, human rights, and freedom.
The Year of Democracy introduces participants to the impetus for this interfaith initiative on this critical election year around the world and features the participation of Ian Bassin of Protect Democracy, Rev. Jim Wallis of the Georgetown University Center on Faith + Justice, and Dr. Azza Karam of the Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace. Azza Karam is a member of the Ansari Institute's Advisory Board.
Join an enlightening discussion on the intricate complexities of the Israel-Palestine conflict in our event titled "Left Behind." Our guest speaker, Seham Kfafi, a dedicated human rights activist and Ph.D. student at the University of Notre Dame, brings a wealth of experience in spreading awareness about activism, mental health, and the socio-economic implications of conflict, with particular focus on the religious dimensions inherent in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Kfafi's academic background delves into the nuanced interplay between stress, memory, and cognition, providing a unique lens through which to examine the socio-economic implications of conflict and its profound impact on individuals and communities
Facilitated by Mohamed Salah, a first-year Master of Global Affairs student and former Open Source Intelligence Journalist, the session aims to cultivate an inclusive dialogue where participants can explore various perspectives, share insights, and critically examine the complexities surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Forged in the crucible of shared struggles, professors Atalia Omer of the University of Notre Dame and Darryl Heller of Indiana University South Bend will pair up to discuss the history between Blacks and Jews in America and their fight for justice and equality. Additionally, they will draw parallels between the struggle for justice in America to the struggle for Palestinian freedom and dignity, highlighting the connection between the fight for racial justice in this country and the movement for Palestinian liberation. The conversation will also engage the rise of pan-African/global south solidarity with Palestine in the context of anticolonial struggles. This event will be moderated by Charles W. Powell. A short Q&A time will follow the discussion.
This event will be offered both in-person and via zoom.
About the Ansari Institute
The Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion is dedicated to studying, learning from, and collaborating with religious communities worldwide. A vital part of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, the Ansari Institute embraces wide-ranging work, including research, teaching, outreach, and interaction with religious communities, faith and civic leaders, academics and journalists, and the general public.Learn More About the Ansari Institute