Thursday, November 4, 2010

THE RIGHTS OF MEMORY: 9/11 AND THE "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE"

i assisted on some tshirt silkscreening for this. you should all go out and learn something.

Monday, November 8 · 10:00am - 5:30pm

Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University, Newark Campus
350 Martin Luther King Blvd
Newark, NJ

THE RIGHTS OF MEMORY: 9/11 and the “GROUND_ZERO MOSQUE”


A civic dialogue about the controversy sparked by the Cordoba Initiative/Park 51 project. What does this civic Rohrschach reveal about the legacy of 9/11 and the conflicting visions of the society we imagine ourselves to be a decade later?


SESSION ONE (10:00-11:15)

THE STAKES OF MEMORY: COMMEMORATING 9/11

will focus on how we have commemorated 9/11 on the street, in print and museums, on the web, and around the site of what we now commonly refer to as “ground-zero.”


MODERATOR: ROBERT SNYDER, Director of the Graduate Program in American Studies, Rutgers-Newark.


STEVEN BRIER is Co-Director of the New Media Lab and the Coordinator of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Doctoral Certificate Program at the CUNY Graduate Center.


MARCI REAVEN is the Managing Director of City Lore, and curated the exhibit “City in Mourning” for the Museum of the City of New York.


JACK (JOHN KUO WEI) TCHEN is founding Director of the Museum of Chinese in America and Director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University.


SALLY YERKOVICH is President of The Fund for Arts and Culture, and former President of the World Trade Center Tribute Project that created the memorial at the WTC site commemorating the 1993 and 2001 terrorist attacks on the WTC.


Essex West room of the Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.



SESSION TWO (11:30-12:45)

THE PASSION AND POLITICS OF RELIGIOUS MEMORY

will compare the historical role that opposition to minority religions has played in the U.S. with the characterization of Islam and Muslims in the wake of 9/11.


MODERATOR: GAYATRI CHAKRAVORTY SPIVAK, Professor and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.


HASIA DINER is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University.


DEEPA KUMAR is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Rutgers-New Brunswick, and has written and lectured widely on Islam, Islamophobia and the media.


MARY SEGERS is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers-Newark, and the author of nearly 50 scholarly essays and seven books on religion and politics in the United States.


MOHAMMED KABBANI is a senior at Rutgers-Newark and the President of the Rutgers-Newark Muslim Student Association.


Essex West room of the Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.




SESSION THREE (1:15-2:30)

THE CORDOBA INITIATIVE AND THE MUSLIM WORLD

will explore how the controversy is being reported and interpreted by Muslims in the United States and globally.


MODERATOR: FRAN BARTKOWSKI, Chair of the Department of English, Rutgers-Newark.


SADIA ABBAS is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, and a scholar of religion, culture, politics and theology in postcolonial Muslim societies and diasporas.


ED KASHI is an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker whose work has taken him throughout the Muslim world.


CHRISTIAN PARENTI is a contributing editor to The Nation. His most recent book is The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq.


BIJU MATHEW is a founding member of the Organizing Committee of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance,

a professor of business at Rider University, and the author of Taxi!: Cabs and Capitalism in New York City.


Essex West room of the Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.




SESSION FOUR (4:00-5:30)

WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

will bring together leaders from multiple religious traditions for a conversation about how the mosque controversy might generate new multi-faith initiatives that foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.


MODERATOR: STEVEN DINER, Chancellor, Rutgers-Newark.


DR. M. WILLIAM HOWARD is pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, former chair of the Board of

Governors at Rutgers University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


IMAM MOHAMMAD QATANANI is the spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County and the Imam

of the ICPC Mosque in Paterson, NJ.


RABBI MATTHEW GEWIRTZ is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, NJ and a founding executive committee member of the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace, an interfaith organization of Jews, Christians and Muslims that is committed to ending gang violence in Newark.


IMAM WAHY-UD DEEN SHARIF is the Imam of Masjid Waarith ud Deen and Waris Cultural Research and Development Center in Irvington, a Senior Advisor to Cory A. Booker, Mayor of the city of Newark, and a founding executive committee member of the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace.

Bove Auditorium in Engelhard Hall 190 University Ave.


A public conversation organized by The Rutgers



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