FALL 2016 LOCAL DIALOGUE SERIES:
Muslims in America: Dialogues Across Divides and U.S. Policy in the Muslim World
Relations between American-Muslims and society at large have markedly deteriorated in the aftermath of the events of 9/11. The mainstream media’s coverage of world events – from the U.S. military’s campaigns in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq, to the political turmoil of the Arab uprisings, to the atrocities committed by Boko Haram and ISIS – has further exacerbated anti-Muslim sentiment in communities across America. Currently 4 in 10 Americans do not know a Muslim and this makes them susceptible to the fear instilled by sensationalized media coverage.
The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and Critical Connections seek to help reverse this trend through a local event series: Muslims in America: Dialogues Across Divides and U.S. Policy in the Muslim World. Both themes within this series use discussions and dialogues to engage participants in a more nuanced, multi-angled analysis of political and social trends in the Muslim world, and lay the foundation for mutual understanding and respect.