Zainab NYCExpanding Education in Afghanistan

In November 2013, Zainab Yusofi, a scholarship recipient of the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund (AGFAF), spoke at Drew about her experience coming from the schools of Kabul to the College of Saint Elizabeth in Madison. Both Drew and CSE have partnered with AGFAF to bring Afghan women to study at University. Zainab also spoke about giving back and her efforts to help expand education in her home country. Zainab is in the honors program at CSE and is pursuing global studies with a minor in business. She plans to continue her education at graduate school where she hopes to study international relations and business. Ultimately, Zainab hopes to work for the United Nations and then go back to Afghanistan to work high in government administration to enact change.

Remembering Mumbai

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In November, the CRCC commemorated the five year anniversary of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai with a documentary screening and a panel discussion featuring: Prof. Khyati Joshi, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Prof. Karen Pechilis, Department of Comparative Religion, Drew University; Prof. Jonathan Golden, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, Drew University; Shafeeq Rehman Mahajir, one of India’s most prominent human rights lawyers The event was  moderated by Aarti Virani, an arts and culture writer who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Vogue India. She sits on the board of the South Asian Journalists Association, where she leads efforts to ensure mainstream news media organizations provide fair and accurate coverage of the South Asian-American community. Co-sponsored by the Drew Department of Comparative Religion, South Asian Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Hillel, Religious Life Council

Reza Aslan brings Zealot to a packed house at Drew

Dr. Reza Aslan answers questions about "Zealot" at the packed house in SeptemberReza Aslan, The Wallerstein Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2012-13 and author of the best-selling books, No god, but God, and How to Win a Cosmic War returned to Drew on Sept. 25  to talk about his new book, Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Aslan’s appearance drew a crowd of more than 300 community members to the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, where he answered questions from a friendly audience. Zealot gained national media attention this year, including a controversial interview on Fox News.  Aslan frequently appears on nationally broadcast television and radio programs such as: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,  Fareed Zakaria’s GPS, Anderson Cooper 360, and is a contributing editor for The Daily Beast. In exclusive interview with the Daily RecordAslan depicts a new side of Jesus: an illiterate revolutionary passionate about economic and social justice.

Drew CRCC hosts Summer Institute on Religion and Conflict Resolution

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24 emerging religious leaders from Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan and Nigeria came together for three weeks  on the Drew campus to learn about the latest techniques in conflict resolution and peacemaking. Globally important religious elders lent their support and spoke to participants about the importance of interfaith dialogue.  The Summer Institute is made possible in part by a $300,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  Read about participants’ experiences in the Daily Record and the New Jersey Jewish News. Our first participants have already begun to employ their new knowledge, skills and relationships to build peace in their home countries.

Nicholas Kristof talks gender equality at Sugerman Interfaith Forum

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Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof brought his newest book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide to the Sugerman Interfaith Forum in March, which makes a case for gender equality that the Boston Globe calls “urgent [and] compelling.”  Kristof has been a regular columnist for the New York Times since 2001. His columns, which appear twice weekly, have covered topics that range from the Iraq War to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to proposed education reforms in the U.S. The Sugerman Interfaith Forum is a 22-year-old series that promotes meaningful dialogue among various groups on issues of shared concern.