Perspectives on the Crisis in Israel/Palestine with Harvard Divinity School’s Assistant Dean of Religion and Public Life, Dr. Hussein Rashid & Gregory Khalil, President of Telos — a Washington D.C. based peace-building movement — in conversation with Kathryn Stanley
Video: Faith in Action: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Solidarity for Just Peace in Times of Conflict
This dialogue was held between three scholar-practitioners who drew inspiration from their respective faiths in order to advocate for a just peace. This talk provided an opportunity for a deep discussion of faith-based activism, liberatory readings of theological texts, and the complex and, at times, controversial role of multi-faith and international solidarity in the Palestinian liberation movement during times of crisis.
This event took place October 18, 2023.
The Leading Toward Justice series features panel discussions spotlighting alumni impact in the world and the critical importance of religious literacy and ethical practices in secular or public professions.
Moderated by Hussein Rashid, MTS ’98, PhD ’10, assistant dean of religion and public life at Harvard Divinity School.
- Pierre Berastain, AB 10, MDiv ’14 | Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, Caminar Latino – Latinos United for Peace and Equity
- Lane Dilg, MTS ’01 | Global Government Partnerships Lead, OpenAI
- Jack Jenkins, MDiv ’12 | National Reporter, Religion News Service
- Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell, MTS ’13 | Director of Strategic Partnerships, AmeriCorps
This event is free and open to the public.
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Event: From Ms. Marvel to the Smithsonian: A Conversation on Teaching Religious Literacy through Arts and Popular Culture
In this conversation, Dr. Rashid will discuss his work and its uses in the classroom, with a particular focus on the Children’s Museum of Manhattan exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far?”
Dr. Hussein Rashid is the new Assistant Dean for Religion and Public Life and comes to RPL with a wealth of experience as an educator in public and classroom settings. He has particular expertise in integrating the arts into the study of religion.
From work with museums to film, documentary, and comics, Rashid has long engaged the power of images and art to highlight complexity and captivate learners when teaching religious literacy. Among other projects Dr. Rashid executive produced the Times Op-Doc “The Secret History of Muslims in the US” and co-edited a volume on Ms. Marvel, the first Muslim to have her own comic series with Marvel Comics.
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Our latest episode tells the story of how Islam arrived in America, possibly as early as the 1400s on ships from Europe and West Africa.
We have two guests on this episode. One is Sylviane Diouf, a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University. She has written of the role that Islam played in the lives of African Muslims enslaved in the Americas. Our other guest is Dr Hussein Rashid, assistant dean for Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School, whose research focuses on Muslims and US popular culture.