Research reveals that when we dehumanize particular groups of people, we tend to support discriminatory policies against them and perpetuate injustice both within and outside our borders. This fall, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and Critical Connections are co-organizing the "Rehumanizing and Restoring Relationships" series to better understand what leads us to value certain communities over others, explore the social and political implications of discrimination, and discuss ways in which we can address historical injustices to repair and build community relations.
We also continue to convene the "Building Inclusive Communities" series with Critical Connections, for which we hold sector-specific, half-day symposia during the December 2017-December 2018 period. Through these symposia, we will engage with various public sector officials and civil society groups to explore the role each sector can play to promote diversity, inclusion and pluralism.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS IN THIS SERIES:
HOW TO BE A MUSLIM: AN AMERICAN STORY
A Conversation with Haroon Moghul
Sunday, September 23
Longmeadow Community House
735 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA
RSVP to: Leif.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us for a conversation with Haroon Moghul, the Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. There, he assists with recruitment, program design and implementation of the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI) and engages and mentors MLI alumni. Haroon is also a Senior Fellow and Director of Development at the Center for Global Policy, where he informs American domestic and foreign policy on issues concerning Islam and the Muslim world. A graduate of Columbia University with an M.A. in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Haroon serves on the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Haroon was previously a Fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and in the National Security Studies Program at New America Foundation, where he worked with new media companies to empower communities to fight extremism organically. A commentator and broadcaster who wishes he could just be a writer, Haroon is the author of a novel, The Order of Light, and a memoir published in June 2017, How to be a Muslim: An American Story. He has appeared on all major media networks, and has been published at the Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy and Haaretz. Haroon has served as an expert guide to Islamic history in Spain, Turkey and Bosnia, and was Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at NYU.
LESS THAN HUMAN?
Perceptions of Immigrants, Refugees, and Muslims
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
43 AMITY STREET, AMHERST, MA
Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Emile Bruneau and Dr. Linda Tropp. Dr. Bruneau is a research associate and lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab. Bruneau is also the lead scientist at the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab(link is external). Bruneau is now working to bring the tools of science to bear on the problem of intergroup conflict by (1) building methods to better characterize the (often unconscious) cognitive biases that drive conflict using explicit, implicit and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) techniques, and (2) critically evaluating efforts aimed at transcending these biases. These efforts have focused on three psychological processes relevant to intergroup conflict: empathy, dehumanization, and motivated reasoning, and involve target groups that are embroiled in intractable conflict (e.g., Israelis and Palestinians), or subject to extreme hostility (e.g., Muslims in the U.S., the Roma in Europe).
Dr. Tropp’s research focuses on expectations and outcomes of intergroup contact, identification with social groups, interpretations of intergroup relationships, and responses to prejudice and disadvantage. She received the 2012 Distinguished Academic Outreach Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst for excellence in the application of scientific knowledge to advance the public good. She has worked with national organizations to present social science evidence in U.S. Supreme Court cases on racial integration, on state and national initiatives to improve interracial relations in schools, and with non-governmental and international organizations to evaluate applied programs designed to reduce racial and ethnic conflict.
NOT IN OUR NAME:
Civilian Casualties in American Wars
Wednesday, November 14
FLYWHEEL ARTS COLLECTIVE
43 MAIN STREET, EASTHAMPTON, MA
Please join us for a conversation with John Tirman, the executive director and a principal research scientist at MIT's Center for International Studies. Tirman is author, or coauthor and editor, of fourteen books on international affairs, including, most recently, Dream Chasers: Immigration and the American Backlash (MIT Press, 2015) and The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars (Oxford University Press, 2011). Earlier work includes The Fallacy of Star Wars (1984), the first important critique of strategic defense, and Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade (1997). In addition, he has published more than 100 articles in periodicals such as the The Nation, Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post, Esquire, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Review. Before coming to MIT in 2004, he was program director of the Social Science Research Council.