Friday, June 1, 2012

Wajahat Ali on Hollywood & Ethnicity

In Hollywood, "Green" Still Means White - YouTube

Islamophobia Panel w/ Shahid Buttar, Wajahat Ali, Corey Saylor, Fouad Pervez, and Faiz Shakir: Media & Political Strategies

Islamophobia Panel w/ Shahid Buttar, Wajahat Ali, Corey Saylor, Fouad Pervez, and Faiz Shakir - Pt 5 - YouTube

Interview with Wajahat Ali: Public Opinion & Cultural Diplomacy

Interview with Wajahat Ali | FPIF

"John Feffer: As a playwright, can you talk about the culture of Islamophobia? Despite these polling numbers, are we seeing any changes in how American view Islam?

Wajahat Ali: It's really scary to see the mainstreaming of Islamophobic sentiment – on talk radio, on Fox News. The anti-Islamic rally at the Islamic fundraiser in Orange County – that was really scary. But I believe that most Americans are well-intentioned. They want to be good American neighbors. I think a lot of Americans are on the fence. Their lack of knowledge about Muslims and Islam is the main cause of their doubt and fear. Statistically speaking, the people who know Muslims and know something about Islam don't have such bigoted views. They might disagree with Islam, but they don't see their Muslim neighbors as a threat. We need a form of cultural diplomacy in this country where Americans get to know Muslims and Muslim-Americans."

Azeem Ibrahim on Media & Cultural Diplomacy (2011)

Azeem Ibrahim: Katie Couric's Idea of a "Muslim Cosby Show" Might Not Be So Crazy After All

Azeem Ibrahim provides an interesting take below on the role of media as a cultural diplomacy tool.

"Katie Couric's recent comments recommending a "Muslim Cosby show" to combat anti-Muslim bigotry has been decried by some as a naïve, simplistic remedy for the festering sore of Islamophobia in America. However, research and common sense in fact suggest that authentic and accessible American Muslim narratives can emerge as popular, effective tools of cultural diplomacy in helping bridge the divides between Muslim Communities and the U.S.

As an expert on cultural diplomacy and one of founding members of the Aspen Cultural Dialogue Group, a venture launched by the Aspen Institute in 2008, my research indicates the process towards radicalization and extremism is profoundly cultural. It depends less on economic and societal grievances, but instead relies heavily on ideas, beliefs, and an individual's interpretation of reality.

It turns out that the picture that the media paint is a powerful influence on how we, as global citizens, view the world and our neighbors."

Wajahat Ali on Cultural Diplomacy

The Determined Crusader: Interview with Playwright Wajahat Ali - Aslan Media

In an interview on his Domestic Crusaders play, Wajahat Ali linked artistic work to cultural diplomacy:

"EJ: The ethnic and racial stereotypes that are present in all cultures, but are extremely prominent in American culture, seem so daunting. Would you agree that the arts, music, film, visual art, and literature have the ability to transcend those boundaries and create a world where communication can take place?

Wajahat Ali: Agreed. Cultural diplomacy might be the most effective means right now to bridge the divides. It has had a curative and healing effect for many
minority groups who have gone through exactly what Muslims are facing now. This is nothing unique — it has happened before. But, right now Muslims are the ones who are being hazed. However, I see tremendous opportunity for some conciliation and progress towards truly embracing our American values of pluralism.… Art sometimes forces us to confront the "dirty laundry" we don’t want to uncover or face."

Religious Freedom & RIghts of Minorities in Muslim Societies Conferece

State Dept. 2002 Shared Values: Journalist

Shared Values: Journalist - YouTube

State Dept. 2002 Shared Values: Firefighter

Shared Values: Firefighter - YouTube

State Dept. 2002 Shared Values: Doctor

Shared Values: Doctor - YouTube

State Dept. 2002 Shared Values Campaign: Teacher

Shared Values: Teacher - YouTube

Bush Administration State Dept. Shared Values Campaign: Baker

Shared Values: Baker - YouTube

Hillary Clinton Speaks at Iftar 2010

Faraj Pandith Brief in DC 2011

Farah Pandith on Bridging Cultural & Religious Divides

Farah Pandith on Changing the Narrative of Violent Extremism

Farah Pandith on Government & Imam Training

Farah Pandith at Islam & Democracy Conference 2010

Farah Pandith Hosts Generation Change

Farah Pandith talks to Interns about Generaton Change Project

Farah Pandith 2010: US policies toward Muslim communities are about “connecting people”

Not a hearts and minds campaign: US policies toward Muslim communities are about “connecting people” - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs