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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Date: Thursday, October 12th
Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Location: Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Rooms 405/406, NYC 10012
Please join the Islamic Center at NYU on Thursday, October 12th for the kickoff of this year’s Sacred Door Lecture Series: “Truth, Justice, and the Spiritual Way: Exploring Muslim Super-heroism through Imam Ali (as)” with our guest speaker Dr. Hussein Rashid.
In the age of fictional superheroes, this talk will look to an original Muslim superhero, Imam Ali (as). Through an exploration of his actions and discussion of his teachings, we will learn how belief and actions are complementary and necessary aspects of what it means to be Muslim. By realizing this connection to its fullest, Imam Ali defines a Muslim superhero.
Not everyone sees the “Daredevil” images as only antisemitic. “The image also seems to pull on anti-Arab imagery,” said Hussein Rashid, an independent scholar whose focus is religion and comics.
“The use of symbols against an adversary or The Adversary is quite common in comics,” said Rashid, adding that “comics, not just Marvel, are replete with images and storylines that continue to reinforce narratives of marginalization.”
Though he admits that the comics companies are improving on this score, “these tropes need to be pointed out.”
Discover how films can bring people together, spark conversations, and inspire positive change. From exploring the role of documentaries in raising awareness about social issues to discussing the influence of fictional films in shaping our perceptions, this event offers a unique opportunity to delve into the world of community building through cinema. This conversation explores the transformative power of movies!
On Wednesday, September 20th, the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign held a conversation about the power of film as a tool to support community healing, process experiences of violence, and engage new communities in the important ongoing work of building a pluralistic and inclusive country. This conversation featured Pardeep S. Kaleka, co-director of Not in Our Town, Aber Kawas, a community organizer featured in An Act of Worship, and Dr. Hussein Rashid, a professor and scholar of religion specializing in Muslims and American Popular Culture.