RadioIslam

Dr. Afridi was interviewed about the economics of the current refugee crisis in Europe. To listen to her discussion on the "RadioIslam" podcast click here.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi, director of the Manhattan College Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education will speak at the 2016 Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual Lecture,
''Redefining Antisemitism through the Stories of Jews and Muslims during the Holocaust'' on June 1, 2016 at the USHMM in Washington, D.C.. For information on how to attend, please click here

jfact.org

Dr. Afridi made a presentation at the UCONN in Hartford. For a write up and photos of the event, please check here.

Manhattan College

JAN KARSKI EXHIBIT OPENS TO MUCH FANFARE

THE WORLD KNEW: JAN KARSKI'S MISSION FOR HUMANITY, the exhibit commemorating the late hero, makes it Manhattan College debut on Feb. 9 in the Manhattan College Alumni Room. To see photographs from this event, please see our photo gallery here

 

 

University of Washington

Dr. Afridi was interviewed by the Steve Scher of the University of Washington. To listen to the interview, please click here

MANHATTAN COLLEGE - RACIAL JUSTICE TEACH IN

HGI is proud to support the Manhattan College "Racial Justice Teach In" initiative on Campus

I AM YOUR PROTECTOR

HGI has partnered with the I AM YOUR PROTECTOR (see link for details) and Dr. Afridi is a writer for the campaign. Be sure to check out this wonderful movement where the mission is "Our goal for this campaign is to have 1 million people exposed to those stories that challenge indiscriminate hate, by presenting Protectors from groups often depicted as a threat or an enemy."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wardah-khalid/i-am-your-protector-creating_b_8331504.html

Like on Facebook www.facebook.com/iamyourprotector

Visit the website www.iamyourprotector.org

 

HGI

NEWSLETTER MAY 2015

 

Dear Friends and MC Community:

 

We have had an exciting 2014-2015 academic year at Manhattan College and we hope that you were able to attend some of our events. The Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center (HGI Center) hosted several memorable events in this year.

 

Past Events:

 

            Our events this past academic year began in September with a lecture given by Dr. Charles H. Long entitled, “Dilemmas of American Religion.”  His lecture focused on the reasons why religion in American society is often times skewed and used out of context to harm rather than protect.  Our event in October, “Jews, Christians, and Muslims: Challenging Extremism Today” was an open discussion on the recent religious extremism in the media and the Middle East.  There was a panel of knowledgeable NYC community leaders there to answer questions on religious extremism.  Students, faculty and community attended.

 

In November we held the seventh annual Frederick Schweitzer Lecture commemorating Kristallnacht, given by Dr. Murray Baumgarten, entitled, “The Letters Propelled Me: Resisting Kristallnacht Then and Now” brought in many local and New York leaders. 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Afridi and Dr. Baumgarten at the 7th Annual Schweitzer Lecture.

 

In the spring, our first event of this semester was a presentation given by Sander L. Gilman entitled, “Is Antisemitism a Mental Illness?” Story link:  http://riverdalepress.com/stories/Anti-Semitism-dissected,56548

 

 Followed by an interfaith Seder on March 25th led by Rabbi Asher Lopatin, the Seder celebrated the year- long YHS Fellowship: Bridging Faiths through the Holocaust in partnership with SelfHelp and the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and three Holocaust survivors.  Story link: http://riverdalepress.com/stories/Manhattan-College-Seder-bridges-faiths,56691

 

       Due to harsh weather conditions in January, our event was rescheduled and took place in April.  The daughter of survivors, Janet Pfeffer Vignola presented on her family’s personal journey with the Holocaust across three generations, entitled, “Salt of the Earth: Three Families Before, during, and After the Holocaust.”  Also in April, we had the pleasure of hosting Roger Grunwald for a performance of his one-man show about the Holocaust, entitled, “The Mitzvah Project.”   This was a unique performance and story of Jews who were conscripted in the Nazi Party. From his website: “The Mitzvah Project is a combination theater, history lesson and conversation in which actor and child of survivor, Roger Grunwald, explores one of the most shocking aspects of the Jewish experience during the Second World War. Through the story of Christoph Rosenberg, a German half-Jew, the one-person drama — created with director and co-author Annie McGreevey — reveals the surprising history of tens of thousands of German men known as "mischlings" — the derogatory term the Nazis used to characterize those descended from one or two Jewish grandparents — who served in Hitler's army. Grunwald's lecture delves deeper into the history that produced these mischling-soldiers — men who were the product of two centuries of German-Jewish assimilation, intermarriage, conversion and the striving of a people committed to calling the German Fatherland their home. After the lecture, Grunwald leads a discussion with the audience.”

 

             In March, Dr. Afridi traveled to Venice, Italy to firm up the intercession program in January 2016 commemorating the 500 year anniversary of the Jewish ghetto.  She also delivered a lecture at Ca’Foscari in Venice on Jewish-Muslim Relations. This will be an ongoing academic program with two Manhattan College faculty and 18-20 students who will study the interfaith elements of Venice and provide service to the local communities. 

           

      In May, Manhattan College and HGI were honored to welcome President Bujar Nishani of the Republic of Albania for a luncheon.  President Nishani recognized the Center and Manhattan College as a unique place where all faiths were recognized equally and are doing work on understanding and cooperation at such a volatile time.

 

 

Dr. O’Donnell, President of Manhattan College, Dr. Afridi, Director of HGI Center and President Nishani of Albania.

 

Acquisitions and Research:

 

Debbie Ziering, a friend of HGI has donated research relating to her father, Herman Ziering who was a Holocaust survivor and became a Nazi hunter.  HGI will be archiving this story during the summer.

We have also received an additional 83 books relating to the Holocaust this past year.

 

Student accomplishments and the Center:

Jande Moscot, ’15 English Major and Religious Studies Minor and the student assistant for HGI won the first prize in the Center for Ethics, Ethics Across the Curriculum Essay Competition for her paper, "Women, Rape, and Genocide: Case Studies During the Holocaust."

 

James Noeker, ’17 Business Major and Communications Minor has received a Jasper Summer Research Scholars Program on his work this summer with Dr. Afridi on “Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust”.  

 

Congratulations to our three fellows, James Noeker, ‘17 Lenisa Patterson’15 and Ryan Waters ‘16 this last year for all their hard work.  We look forward to the taping of the final interviews with the survivors in the fall.

 

James Noeker, Ryan Waters, Lenisa Patterson and Madeline Coleman (survivor) lighting candles at Kristallnacht.

 

         We continue to work on the four major initiatives at the Center and we are happy to report that all of the initiatives have been accomplished this year.   The YTS Fellowship: Bridging Faiths Through the Holocaust, Venice Project: 500 Years at the Crossroads of Faith, Service work in Parkchester, Bronx at the Masjid Al-Iman, 2016 spring conference on Abrahamic Religions: Challenges and Cooperation in the Age of Extremism and the creation of a new taskforce under the umbrella of HGI, “New York Faith Leaders against Extremism” ----these have been implemented and will be ongoing initiatives.              

 

Please see the following links for news on Dr. Afridi and HGI Center:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/21/us/muslim-scholar-looking-to-speak-the-truth-teaches-about-holocaust-and-islam.html?_r=0

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-l-paluszek/muslim-scholar-directs-ho_b_7072980.html

 

Save the following dates:

 

September 9th-- at 5:30pm, Peter B. Gudaitis, President of the National Interfaith Taskforce. Place TBA.

 

November 12th—at 5:30pm 8th Annual Schweitzer Lecture, TBA

 

February 28th –March 1st (9-6pm) Abrahamic Religions: Challenges and Cooperation in the Age of Extremism --Mini Conference, Place to be announced.  You will receive a schedule for the conference in the fall.

 

April 4th—5:30pm Spring Lecture, Dr. Zain Abdullah, Temple University, PA. Place TBA.

 

We thank you for your continued support and hope to see you at our events this next academic year.  All of our events are free and open to the public, please consider making a generous donation to The Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College.  Thanking you in advance in helping the world become more aware, peaceful and cooperative at a time of extremism and turmoil.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Director---Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center

www.hgimanhattan.com

 

Riverdale, New York 10471

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/21/us/muslim-scholar-looking-to-speak-the-truth-teaches-about-holocaust-and-islam.html?_r=0

St. Louis NPR Radio Interview

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/discussion-muslim-women-islamic-world

HGIFALL Newsletter

Dear Friends and MC Community:

 

We have had an exciting fall semester (2013) at Manhattan College and we hope that you were able to attend some of our events. The Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center (HGI Center) hosted several memorable events in this fall. We have also included our upcoming spring 2014 events in this newsletter.

 

 

Fall Events:

 

Our events this past semester began with the presenting of “Minefields and Miracles: God and Allah Need to Talk,” a short film by Ruth Boyd Sharone (Interfaith Activist, Los Angeles). The film focused on the interfaith dynamic between Jews, Muslims, and Christians and how to strategize an open dialogue between Abrahamic faiths, there were 90 students in audience. John Connelly (UC Berkeley) came mid-semester to give his talk “From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933–1965” which was Co-Sponsored with Council of Christian and Jewish Relations.

We also hosted “Scriptural Reasoning” a program that the Interfaith Center of Cambridge began and it was an educational study session on Abrahamic scripture. Soon thereafter we had a 30 minute screening of “Living in the Deafening Silence” and a Q & A with Tom O’Hanlon (Lehman College). We wrapped up our events for this semester with the Sixth Annual Frederick Schweitzer Lecture entitled, “Italy, Kristallnacht and After: The Memories of a Family” by Shaul Bassi (Ca’Foscari, University of Venice, Italy). We were happy to host local partners and alumni for the dinner and lecture.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Afridi and Dr. Bassi at the annual Kristallnacht Lecture, November 6th 2013

 

 

             Acquisitions:

 

We were honored to receive Helen Krim’s (local Riverdale resident) donation of letters written before and after the Holocaust dated 1936-1945 (France and Poland).  We have archived them and will share them on our website.

 

              Conferences:

 

HGI hosted 60 participants of the Council of Christian and Jewish Relations from October 20th-22nd.  It was a success and Dr. Afridi gave a talk on the nature of the Center and participated on a roundtable discussion on “Anti-Semitism and Media” with Dr. Mark Weitzman and David Gibbons.

 

              Awards:

HGI and MC students received several awards for their work at the Al-Imaan mosque in East Bronx.  These awards came from city, state and the Riverdale Jewish Relations.  Jack Consiglo and Dr. Afridi attended a Legislative breakfast to receive the awards. We received five awards. October 20th 2013

 

 

 

 

 

         Outreach:

 

HGI continues to create relationships both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Afridi has recently connected to a school in Israel.  She met with Amir Schlomian who is a musician as well as a teacher in Ein Bustan.  He runs a Kindergarten school and composes songs for the children to sing both in Hebrew and Arabic.  Here is a two minute video clip that gives you a sense of the school:  http://www.dontleaveuskidsalone.com/einbustan/2minevents/.    The project on Ein Bustan has been selected as one of the top ten peace projects in Israel.

 

We continue our work with the Union Theological Seminary in regards to the pilot interfaith program for women of different Abrahamic faith.

 

We continue our work with the Al-Imaan Mosque (Park Chester, NY) in partnership with the Riverdale Y, Jewish-Relations Council, and the Islamic Center.

                     

HGI will host The Arava Institute alumni students at MC in conjunction with Catholic Relief Services, Department of Government and CURES for a discussion on water and peace solutions in the Middle East.

 

 

        Public Lectures and Media:

 

Dr. Afridi was aired on the local New Rochelle radio station, WVOB on a show, “The Rabbi and the Judge” September, 2013

 

Dr. Afridi delivered a discussion and lecture at the Hostos Community College, NY in September 2013 on “Islamophobia and Persepolis” as part of the Muslim Journeys initiative at their college.

 

Dr. Afridi delivered a lecture at Drew University on “Anti-Semitism and the Rippling Effects of Nazi Propaganda” on November 15th 2013, NJ

 

Dr. Afridi delivered the annual Holocaust lecture hosted by Florida International University at the Jewish Museum on “Shoah through Muslim Eyes” on November 21st 2013, Miami, FL

 

Dr. Afridi gave a community talk on “Muslims and the relationship with others” at the Islamic Istanbul Cultural Center, Miami FL.

 

Dr. Afridi was featured in a documentary which aired in France, October 2013, "Jews and Muslims So Far, so close" by Director Karim Miske. HGI has been given a copy for the library.

 

Dr. Afridi was featured in the Jewish Journal of Miami, FL.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/florida-jewish-journal/news/palm-beach-county-news/fl-jjpn-muslimjews-1113-20131113,0,2039605.story

 

 

 

Istanbul Islamic Cultural Center, Miami FL

 

Upcoming Spring Events:

 

March 1st-June 30th Art Exhibit display in the entrance of the O’Malley library by Carolyn Manosevitz entitled “Healing.”  http://www.carolynmanosevitz.com/gallery.html

 

 

 

February 25th at 4pm Rodriguez Room, “Arab/Israeli Perspectives: Arava Institute Alumni Present Water Solutions and Peace-making in the Middle East.”

 

February 26th at 4pm Rodriguez Room, Dr. Andrew Rassmussen, Fordham University “Post-Traumatic Stress and Genocide.” co-sponsored with Department of Psychology

 

April TBA Seder

 

March 25th at 5pm Alumni Room, Dr. Nathan Katz, Florida International University “Religions Living in Exile: Judaism and Tibetan Buddhism”

 

April 23rd at 4pm Alumni Room A Lecture by Carolyn Manosevitz on “Healing.”

 

 

We hope you will join us in the spring to share the many artistic and intellectual conversations on faith, healing and genocide. 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday!

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi

Director

Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center

Manhattan College

Summer 2013 Newsletter

 

HOLOCAUST, GENOCIDE & INTERFAITH EDUCATION CENTER

NEWSLETTER  Spring 2013

 

Dear Friends and MC Community:

 

We have had an exciting year (2012-2013) at Manhattan College and we hope that you were able to attend some of our events. The Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center (HGI Center) hosted several memorable events in the fall, and spring.  We have also included our upcoming fall 2013 events in this newsletter.

 

Past Events:

 

            Our events this past year began with a talk on Understanding Islam by Manhattan College Mansoor Ahmed, (Alumnus) and Haifa Bin-Hind (Art Teacher). The talk focused on Islam and how Muslims understand their faith. Additionally, Mr. Mansoor Ahmed presented on “Would You Like to Know Something about Islam”, a book dedicated to reshaping the world’s conceptualization of Islam and Muslims. This created a great forum for questions about Islam from students and a special group of 15 senior citizens from The Osborn Retirement Community, Rye, NY.

         Martin Spett, the Center’s longtime friend and supporter gave a talk about his life as a young boy during the Holocaust entitled; “The Beginning and the End of the Holocaust,” the room was crowded with students and a few community members.

     Four of our events in the fall of 2012 centered on the display of the photo exhibit Besa: Albanian Muslims Who Rescued Jews during World War II, which hung in the Alumni Room of the Manhattan College Library through the end of the fall semester.  The opening reception for Besa was honored by President O’Donnell, Assemblyman Dinowitz (Riverdale, NY), Imam Rifat Halili, (Albanian Islamic Center of Garfield, New Jersey) , Rabbi Steven Exler (Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, NY) , Norman Gershman (Photographer) and Dr. Afridi (Director, HGI) who all opened the exhibition with words of peace, justice and interfaith collaboration. Please find more on the story of Besa here: http://www.eyecontactfoundation.org/ .  We held a closing reception in conjunction with Sandy relief donations at the door, and we raised $200.00.  We are grateful to have been even a small part of the relief efforts on our Campus.

 

      The spring brought a large number of the Riverdale community and MC students to the fifth annual Frederick Schweitzer lecture by Dr. Alan Steinweiss, and the presentation by Jasha Levi (survivor) was a success with the help of Manhattan College Alumni, UNICO and Alpha Phi Delta. We also hosted local author, Nina Feld on her book “Someday You Will Understand: My Father’s Private World War II” and Dr. Afridi’s students paid a tribute to Lily Margules and presented their work on the Holocaust for Yom Hashoah. 

 

This summer, Dr. Afridi will give a series of talks on Islam at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale on May 23rd, May 30th, and June 6th. For a full listing of events, more information on HGI Center activities please see the new developing HGI Center website: www.hgimanhattan.com.

 

The Center’s Expansion of Library:

The HGI Center has acquired a new set of books from Centerville Library, MA amongst these are the volumes of the trial of the major war criminals before the international Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, November 14th, 1945-October 1, 1946 42 Vol. set and Nazi Conspirator and Aggression by United States Office of U.S. Chief of Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality, 8 Vol. set.  In addition, HGI and the Library are pleased to announce that it won the “Muslim Bookshelf Award” from the National Endowment of Humanities, a collection of DVDs and books on Islam.   

           

           Upcoming fall 2013 Events:

 

September 12th Ruth Boyd Sharone, “Minefields and Miracles: God and Allah Need to Talk”, Alumni Room at 4pm, O’Malley Library

October 17th Screening of “Besa: The Promise”, Hayden 100 at 4pm

October 20th John Connelly, “From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933–1965” Co-Sponsored with Council of Christian and Jewish Relations, Alumni Room at 4pm, O’Malley Library

October 29th Thomas Hallen’s “Living in the Deafening Silence” Screening for 30 minutes and then Q & A, Hayden 100 at 4pm

November 6th Dr. Shaul Bassi, “Italy and Kristallnacht”, Sixth Annual Frederick Schweitzer Lecture, Smith Auditorium at 7pm.

The HGI Center’s assistant, Ethan Van Ness, graduated from Manhattan College on Sunday May 19, 2013 with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Religious Studies and will be moving to Washington D.C. in early July to pursue graduate studies. He will be attending American University for his Masters of Public Policy and will be interning on Capitol Hill for Congressman Eliot Engel.  

     We hope you will continue supporting us and we hope that you will consider offering a donation so that we can maintain to offer you exciting programs. We thank you for your continued support and interest in the Center’s activities and we hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events.

 

Best,

 

Mehnaz M. Afridi, Director

Ethan H. Van Ness, Assistant to the Director

 

Please write checks to: Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center.  Mail them to Dr. Afridi, Director 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471

Mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu

Spring 2013 Newsletter

 

SPRING 2013 HGI CENTER NEWSLETTER

 

Dear MC Community:

 

Welcome back to the spring semester 2013 at Manhattan College and we hope that you all had a peaceful winter break. The Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center (HGI Center) hosted several memorable events in the fall, and we are ready for another exciting semester.

 

Past Events:

            Our events this past semester began with a talk on Understanding Islam by Manhattan College Mansoor Ahmed, (Alumnus) and Haifa Bin-Hind (Art Teacher). The talk focused on Islam and how Muslims understand their faith. Additionally, Mr. Mansoor Ahmed presented on “Would You Like to Know Something about Islam”, a book dedicated to reshaping the world’s conceptualization of Islam and Muslims. This created a great forum for questions about Islam from students and a special group of 15 senior citizens from The Osborn Retirement Community, Rye, NY.

 

Martin Spett, the Center’s longtime friend and supporter gave a talk about his life as a young boy during the Holocaust entitled; “The Beginning and the End of the Holocaust,” the room was crowded with students and a few community members.  Mr. Spett’s talk was powerful and emotional leaving students with a firsthand experience of the Holocaust and his own personal experiences as a child.  We were honored to have him speak at Manhattan College again.

 

Four of our events in the fall of 2012 centered on the display of the photo exhibit Besa: Albanian Muslims Who Rescued Jews during World War II, which hung in the Alumni Room of the Manhattan College Library through the end of the fall semester. We began the exhibit with a lecture by Dr. Ichak Adizes, survivor of Albanian rescue and a film on the memory of Albanian rescue of Jews during World War II.   Dr. Adizes teleconferenced from Russia, and his son and daughter were in the audience.  We were also honored to host among the attendees, AJC Director, Michael Schmidt.

 

Johanna Neumann, a survivor of the Albanian rescue discussed in a lively talk her special relationship with her Albanian family and her connectedness to Islam as a child and even now.  This event was very powerful and well attended by members of the Manhattan College and the community.

 

The opening reception for Besa was honored by President O’Donnell, Assemblyman Dinowitz (Riverdale, NY), Imam Rifat Halili, (Albanian Islamic Center of Garfield, New Jersey) , Rabbi Steven Exler (Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, NY) , Norman Gershman (Photographer) and Dr. Afridi (Director, HGI) who all opened the exhibition with words of peace, justice and interfaith collaboration. Please find more on the story of Besa here: http://www.eyecontactfoundation.org/ .  We held a closing reception in conjunction with Sandy relief donations at the door, and we raised $200.00.  We are grateful to have been even a small part of the relief efforts on our Campus.

 Upcoming Events:

 

February 13, 2013: “The Importance of New Religious Community at the End of Civilization: Looking Beyond Secularism and Religionism” - Dr. Alan Richards, 4pm, Alumni Room

 

April 4, 2013: “Kristallnacht in History and Memory” – Dr. Alan Steinweiss, 7pm, Smith Auditorium

 

April 10, 2013: “Someday You Will Understand: My Father’s Private World War II” – Nina Feld, 4pm, Alumni Room

 

April 25, 2013: “Exile and Memory during the Holocaust” – Jasha Levi, 7pm, Smith Auditorium, co-sponsored by the Manhattan College Italian-American Alumni

 

April 17, 2013: “Yom Hashoah” – Holocaust Remembrance Day-A presentation by the students in Dr. Afridi's “Religion and the Holocaust” class, 4pm, Alumni Room, in honor of Lily Margules

 

Additionally, Dr. Afridi will give a series of talks on Islam at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale on May 23rd, May 30th, and June 6th. For a full listing of events, more information on HGI Center activities please see the new developing HGI Center website: www.hgimanhattan.com.

 

The Center’s Library:

The HGI Center has acquired a new set of books from Centerville Library, MA amongst these are the volumes of the trial of the major war criminals before the international Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, November 14th, 1945-October 1, 1946 42 Vol. set and Nazi Conspirator and Aggression by United States Office of U.S. Chief of Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality, 8 Vol. set.  In addition, HGI and the Library are pleased to announce that it won the “Muslim Bookshelf Award” from the National Endowment of Humanities, a collection of DVDs and books on Islam.   

 

Welcome back to Manhattan College. We thank you for your continued support and interest in the HGI Center’s activities and we hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events.

 

Best,

 

Mehnaz M. Afridi, Director

Ethan H. Van Ness, Assistant to the Director 

Fall 2012 HGI Newsletter

 

Fall 2012 HGI Center Newsletter:

 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

 

            Welcome back to a new semester at Manhattan College and we hope that you all had a fantastic summer! The Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center (HGI Center) was very busy this summer hosting events, attending conferences and lectures, and planning programming for both the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters here at the college.

 

            Our events this summer included an interfaith retreat of Emerging & Aspiring Religious Educators Conference (June 24th-27th), co-sponsored by HGI and the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Along with Dr. Afridi, several other Manhattan College professors, including Dr. Jeff Horn, Dr. Thomas Ferguson, and Ms. Lois Harr, took part in panels and discussions. The retreat focused on understanding and communication between all faiths through lectures, interfaith and intra-faith discussions, and finally the development of an interfaith education program or curriculum in small groups with members of different faiths. This retreat was a great success and we hope to host more retreats in the future.

 

            Along with the retreat at Isabella Freedman, the HGI Center hosted a retreat for Muslims for Progressive Values on the Manhattan College campus. This retreat was a great success as a number of Muslims of different backgrounds convened at Manhattan College not only from across the country but from around the world.  The discussions included peace, pluralism, and Islam in America.  One of the speakers included Daisy Khan, (ASMA).  We hope to host more events in the summer at our campus for scholarly and interfaith groups of all denominations.

 

            Dr. Afridi was invited to attend a “World Religions Responsibility in the Age of Genocide,” conference in Aspen, Colorado where she presented a paper on her book on progress, “Shoah Through Muslim Eyes,” Academic Studies Press, Spring 2014.  Most notably, Dr. Afridi traveled to Capitol Hill for an event in the Speaker of the House’s private dinning room for a presentation in conjunction with the group Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and the Tom Lantos Foundation. Dr. Mehnaz Afridi spoke eloquently on the status of anti-Semitism and misconception of Islam worldwide. This event was well attended by diplomats and politicians from the United States and abroad. Most notably, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was in attendance and gave a few brief remarks to the audience. The center hopes to host and take part in many more events such as these in the near future.

 

            Following up a fantastic summer, the HGI Center has a busy schedule of events for the fall 2012 semester. The HGI Center is already underway with the display of Besa: Muslim Albanians who saved Jews in World War II, by photographer Norman H. Gershman. This photographic journey is currently on display in the Alumni Room of the Library and will remain on display through December 15, 2012. Along with the Besa exhibit, the HGI Center will be hosting Understanding Islam on September 11, 2012 at 4pm in the Alumni Room. This will be a presentation by MC Alumni Mansoor Ahmed and Haifa Bin-Hind on Islam and how Muslims understand their faith. More events have already been planned as well. For a full listing of events, more information on HGI Center activities, as well as Holocaust survivor interviews and much more please see the new developing HGI Center website: www.hgimanhattan.com.

 

            Again, we hope that you all had an excellent summer. Welcome back to Manhattan College and we hope to see you soon at one of our many exciting events.

 

Best,

Mehnaz M. Afridi, Director

Ethan H. Van Ness, Assistant to the Director 

National Endowment for the Humanities

The Manhattan College HGI Center and Library have received this wonderful bookshelf award from the National Endowment of the Humanities. Please click on the link for further details about the award! 

Riverdale Press

http://www.riverdalepress.com/stories/Exhibition-paints-a-picture-of-Holocausts-unsung-heroes,50954?print=1

U TUBE

Check out this video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2et3NJtN2Zs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Capitol Hill

Dr. Afridi on Capitol Hill at the Speaker's Dining Hall

The New Yorker

HGI MOURNS THE PASSING AWAY OF ELIE WIESEL.  WE FEEL THAT OUR WORK IS EVEN MORE URGENT WITHOUT HIS VOICE AND PHRASE: "NEVER SHALL I FORGET"   ____HGI, MANHATTAN COLLEGE