Center Staff: 

 

Dr. Mehnaz Afridi

Associate Professor of Religious Studies,
Director, Holocaust Genocide and Interfaith Education Center Director

mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu

http://www.manhattan.edu/faculty/mehnazafri 

Dr. Jeff Horn

Professor of History,
Former Holocaust Center Director

jeff.horn@manhattan.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ireland Twiggs 

Student Assistant to the Director 

itwiggs01@manhattan.edu 



 


Dr. Frederick Schweitzer

Professor Emeritus of History, Director Emeritus
 




 

Brother Peter Drake F.S.C.

Associate Director

Prof. Frederick Schweitzer Remembers Bro. Peter Drake, F.S.C.

 

Board Members: 

 

  • Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Chair, Br. John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies, Director, Core Curriculum Iona College, NY
  • Dr. Brennan O'Donnell, President, Manhattan College
  • Dr. Keith Brower, Dean of School of Liberal Arts, Manhattan College
  • Dr. William Clyde, Provost, Manhattan College
  • Br. Jack Curran, Vice President for Mission, Manhattan College
  • Mithat Gashi, Consultant, Lecturer at Lehman College, New World High School Principal, NY
  • Lois Harr, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Director Campus Ministry & Social Action, Manhattan College
  • Marilyn Honigman, Painter, Artist, Second Generation, NY
  • Dr. Jeff Horn, Professor History, Manhattan College
  • Marti Michael, Retired Executive Director, The Riverdale Y, New York
  • Barbara Reynolds, Former Assistant Director of HGI, Fordham Prep. NY
  • Dr. Paul Droubie, Assistant Professor of History, Director of International Studies, Manhattan College
  • Dr. Kevin Ahern, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College
  • Dr.  Nuwan Jayawickreme, Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of Peace Studies, Manhattan College
  • Dr. Frederick Schweitzer, Professor History, Emeritus, Manhattan College
  • Martin Spett, Survivor and Artist, Riverdale NY
  • Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn, Rabbi of Congregation Tehillah, Riverdale NY
  • Rabbi Robert Kaplan, is currently the founding Director of The Center for Community Leadership, (formally known as CAUSE – NY) a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC)
  • Dr. Lisa Rizopoulos, Professor of Education, Manhattan College

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Previous events

"My Dear Boy” Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Joanie Holzer Schirm is a retired CEO who, in many ways, represents the new face of retirement. She’s still learning, still growing, still active in her community, and still working. Only these days, Joanie is working on a passion project and winning awards like the Global Ebook Award for Best Biography and Book Trailer (for her first book, Adventurers Against Their Will). At the heart of her book series, including My Dear Boy, which was named a finalist in a Book of the Year contest, is a collection of WWII letters, documents, and objects that serve as witnesses to history. Known as the Holzer Collection for which Joanie serves as an archivist, the secret treasure trove preserved by her father, Dr. Oswald Holzer, tells a refugee story with powerful relevance for today. Classrooms across America and Europe feature lesson plans that accompany her books. Public exhibitions have highlighted Holzer Collection objects in Orlando, Frankfurt, and Prague. “My father gave me a lot throughout my life, but this unexpected gift is the most important—the gift of memory—the gift that became his legacy. His story empowered me to become a driving force for change – changing the world to appreciate the richness we gain from our diversity and to understand the perils of remaining silent when our neighbors are in trouble. From a place of profound sadness to a sanctuary of bright hope, I’ve learned that if we understand the past, it can guide us forward to a better world.” Please register and join us via zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclcOiqqTgrHtGwzTBcsL16gbfGtvhP4LwG

Opening the Qur’an: Exploring Muslim Devotional Life

The first seven lines of the Qur’an, known as al-Fatiha, are possibly the most frequently recited verses of the Qur’an. This talk explores the importance of these lines in the lives of Muslims, incorporating calligraphy, theology, music, and theology. Prophet Muhammad said that all of the knowledge of the Qur’an is found in these verses. The ways in which Muslims have explored the depths of al-Fatiha allows us to have a glimpse at the breadth of Muslim devotional life. 

Hussein Rashid, PhD is a freelance academic, currently affiliated with several universities in New York City. He is a scholar of religion, focusing on Muslims and US popular culture. He is also the founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency. He co-edited a book on Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel called Ms. Marvel’s America. He is currently co-editing a volume on Islam and Popular Culture, and another volume on Islam in North America. He is also co-authoring a cultural history of Muslims in America. His current projects include an independent film, a documentary, and a museum project on religion and jazz. He worked with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as a content expert on their exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.” You can find out more at http://www.husseinrashid.com

Please register and join us via zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqceGtrjooEtezb56W-_LCfS1nqqYuSfb6

A Conversation: White Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Racism

A conversation with Claudia Setzer, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies, and Eric Ward, Executive Director of Western States Center about White Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Racism.

Please register for the event and join us via zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrc-uqqDkrEtxA4ghg5zx2WqCg3c0RJGik

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