I am a longtime fan of the Imaginary Worlds podcast, and was ecstatic was I was asked to participate in roundtable on the role of faith in imaginary worlds.
I was joined by friend of many years, the Velveteen Rabbi, Rachel Barenblat, who did a wonderful write-up of her experience here.
The episode description is:
Science fiction has not always been compatible with religion -- in fact many futuristic settings imagine no religion at all. But sci-fi and fantasy have long fascinated people of different faiths because the genres wrestle with the big questions of life.
You can listen to episode embedded below, or on the podcast page here.
Muslim identity and practices are featured more comics than ever, from mainstream titles like Ms. Marvelto independent graphic memoirs. This panel at the 2017 Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) takes stock of this important growing field — including the brand-new book Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation — and presents the perspectives of both academics and creators. Featuring discussion with Hussein Rashid (Religion Professor, Barnard College; Contributor, Muslim Superheroes), A. David Lewis (Instructor, MCPHS University; Co-Editor, Muslim Superheroes; writer, Kismet, Man of Fate), Sara Alfageeh (Illustrator, Co-Director, BOY/BYE series MIPSTERZ project), and Hillary Chute (English Professor, Northeastern Unitersity).
Muslim identity and practices are featured more comics than ever, from mainstream titles like Ms. Marvelto independent graphic memoirs. This panel takes stock of this important growing field — including the brand-new book Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation — and presents the perspectives of both academics and creators.
Hussein Rashid – Religion Professor, Barnard College; Contributor, Muslim Superheroes A. David Lewis – Faculty Associate, MCPHS; Co-Editor, Muslim Superheroes Sara Alfageeh – Illustrator, Co-Director, BOY/BYE series MIPSTERZ project
Muhammad and his family are the original heroes for Muslims, and their virtuous behavior is being represented through the American art form of the comic, by artists from India. This approach seemed like a way to look at the transnational nature of Muslim identities, while still taking national particularities into account.
Love wins! What has it won? What had it lost? Perhaps love has not won. Perhaps we have lost. We have lost love. Perhaps it’s not that love wins, but that humanity wins love. By love, I do not mean the love of one person for another person. Cities founded on brotherly/sisterly love are all good in theory. The problem is that when it is between you and I, and we forget what ties us, it’s easy to break those bonds.
I'll be speaking at BU's Pardee School with their Mizan Project in a conference called "Activism, Advocacy, and Scholarship on Islam in the Digital Realm: Prospects, Progress, and Challenges." My session is labeled "Wild Card," which suits me just fine.
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC Council Members I. Daneek Miller and Helen Rosenthal toured the America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan earlier this week with the museum’s executive director Andy Ackerman, the museum’s honorary board chair Laurie M. Tisch, museum board member Judith Hannan, the exhibit’s academic advisor Hussein Rashid and others. America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far is a groundbreaking new interactive exhibit for children and families that explores the diversity of Muslim cultures in New York City, the U.S. and abroad. The exhibit showcases the cultural expressions of various Muslim communities around the world through age-appropriate experiences with art, architecture, travel, trade, design and more.
I'll be speaking at a rally to counter the hate emerging out of this year's Presidential Election Cycle. Please join if you can on Sunday, April 30, 2016 at 2PM in New York City, by New York University.
The official letter about the program is here.
As the co-founder of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity (PACH; pach.org), I am writing to let you know that PACH and 20 other NYC organizations are having a love rally in Washington Square Park on April 10th from 2-4. Please join us! We have over 35 world leaders, activists, interfaith leaders, youth groups, a gospel choir, musical groups, spoken word poets, and many others joining us to celebrate love for our common humanity. The rally is in response to the radical hate that is consuming our political conversations and our daily lives. We want to show the world, as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is doing, that there is another way to respond to hate and violence than simply more hate and violence. Join us as we come together as a community of New Yorkers to fight radical hate with radical love.
Here is a link for a promo video by Sweet Honey in the Rock for the Rally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCnWKnHUcP0&feature=youtu.be Carol Maillard, from Sweet Honey in the Rock, will be welcoming the crowd and their songs, recorded for the Love Rally, will be aired on the video screen. Below are the links for our facebook page, articles about why we are having the rally, and attached is the press release and the flyer for the event.
Huffington Post Article on why we are having the rally: