Join us this spring for a full-day symposium that will explore the structural, institutional and societal shifts necessary to improve relations between local/federal law-enforcement agencies and communities of color. Stay tuned for more details.
Combatants for Peace (CfP), founded in 2006, is a non-profit, volunteer organization of ex-combatant Israelis and Palestinians, men and women, who have laid down their weapons and rejected all means of violence. Their mission is to build the social infrastructure necessary for ending the occupation and conflict. They work together toward this goal of bringing justice and peace to the land, demonstrating that there is a real alternative to the cycle of violence and that Palestinians and Israelis can work and live together. They believe that disseminating such activities widely can and will affect attitudinal change at the societal level and policy change at the political level. Hear their powerful story on April 22nd at the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts (ISWM)
A year into the Trump presidency, we hope to explore the broad contours of the administration's approach to the Middle East and understand what the next few years will look in terms of U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran, approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the U.S. role in Syria, counterterrorism operations, etc. We will also examine how U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East has been shaped over the decades and its impact on the way ordinary Americans perceive the region and the broader Muslim world. What must we as citizens know about our shifting diplomatic position in order to keep our government accountable? To better understand the current direction of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, join us for a conversation with UMass Professor David Mednicoff and Professor Osamah Khalil, Syracuse University. Co-sponsors: Middle East Studies (UMass Amherst), Critical Connections, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
At a time of national reckoning and accountability around sexual harassment, what challenges and opportunities do women of minority communities experience in speaking out against men both inside and outside their identity groups? What does the #MeToo movement represent for women of color? What are the causes of misogyny in the broader American culture and what are the legal, political, and social shifts required to address the prevalence of sexual harassment in society? Join us to hear Shaheen Pasha (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Journalism, UMass Amherst) and Ms. Gina Beavers (Arts and Culture Editor, The Valley Advocate) speak on this critical issue
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 43 Center Street, Northampton
The thin line between effective national security and the preservation of civil liberties and democratic rule of law in the U.S. is an ongoing debate that underpins American societal values and ignites the discussion on the place for secrecy in a government accountable to the people. In 2018, as the Trump administration doubles down on its national security strategy, how do we ensure the rights of all Americans are protected? What models do other nations offer that strike the balance between security and privacy? To understand the Trump administration's approach to secrecy in matters of national security, join us as constitutional law expert Sudha Setty unpacks this complex issue and discusses her new book, National Security Secrecy: Comparative Effects on Democracy and the Rule of Law.
How can faith leaders tackle racism, homophobia, and religious intolerance within their communities and without? What are the challenges and opportunities in promoting pluralism in the current climate and what kind of interfaith collaboration is possible? Join us for a half-day symposium and hear local faith leaders talk about their struggles and successes in building inclusive communities.
The International Club of Minnechaug Regional High School, Critical Connections and the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts are pleased to present "Being Muslim in America: Perspectives from Two Muslim Women" on Wednesday, November 8 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the the MRHS auditorium in Wilbraham.
The program will feature Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud and Critical Connections Executive Director Mehlaqa Samdani in conversation with John Morse, president of the World Affairs Council Board of Directors.
The event is FREE and open to the public.