On Wednesday, October 26th, the Center for Civic Engagement hosted yet another successful Day of Dialogue event. The theme: Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like, encompassed many of the hot-button issues that the nation, including our students, are most interested in
The morning kicked off at 9:05am, with Islam, Islamophobia and American Democracy. The panel consisted of Director of Islamic Affairs for Muslims on Long Island, Dr. Mufti Farhan, founder of L3C (a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency), Dr. Hussein Rashid, and Hofstra’s Professor Nazreen Bacchus, and was hosted by our own CCE Fellow, Fatimah Mozawalla. This event was a follow-up to last year’s Islamophobia panel – both of which were well-attended and thought-provoking.
Following this, at 10:10am, Helen Alessi from the Long Beach Latino Civic Association, Dr. Jess Holzer and Dr. Martine Hackett of the Health Professions Department, and Dr. E. Christa Farmer of the Geology Department joined to discuss Environmental Justice and Grassroots Action.
Other events throughout the day included Has democracy lost its way? Ancient and modern perspectives with Professor Amy Baehr, Professor James Tan, Professor Lola Solis, and Dr. Simon Doubleday, The Campaign that Never Ends: Mental and Sexual Health in LGBTQIA Community – a Roundtable Discussion moderated by CCE Fellow, Adam Gustafson, Democracy in the Year of Bernie, (Br)Exit, and Trump with Dr. Alicia Gil-Torres from the University of Valladolid in Spain, Dr Lubna Nadvi from the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, and Professor Mario Murillo, and The New Cold War: United States, Russia, and the Syrian Crisis with Dr. Tina Mavrikos-Adamou, Dr. Paul Fritz, and Professor Marty Melkonian.
The day concluded with a screening of the new documentary Do Not Resist, followed by a discussion of the rapid militarization of police in the United States. This event, co-hosted by the Black Law Students Association, was the capstone to a day of education, community, and of course, dialogue.
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