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Backstage: Media: A Catalyst for Change (Islam in Europe, Part IV)–LIVE Shorts

June 11, 2009

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Media: A Catalyst for Change (Islam in Europe, Part IV) LIVE from the NYPL Shorts.

ISLAM IN EUROPE—Insult: Fractured States? is a three-evening symposium on June 9, 10, and 11 that gathers prominent, cross-sector speakers from diverse disciplines and the Muslim diaspora to share country-specific perspectives on Muslim communities integration in European society. This opening panel, introduced by Mustapha Tlili (Founder of the Center for Dialogues at New York University), sets the historical framework for the entire symposium and explores how Europes socio-economic and political history led to contemporary, post-colonial immigration and integration issues.

Part IV: Popular media images or negative stereotypes that insult or humiliate Muslim groups have been shown to be related to the polarization between Muslim and Western societies. As rapid technological advances expand medias capacity to shape our views of the world as well as each other, this panel seeks to investigate what role entertainment media (film, TV and new media) can play in improving cross-cultural understanding. Shamil Idriss, Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, moderator. Special guest panelists include Her Majesty Queen Noor (King Hussein Foundation), Benjamin Barber (author of Jihad vs. McWorld), Emanuele Castano (The New School for Social Research, Italy/US), Mohamed El-Fatatry (, Finland), Andrea ter Avest Dahm (dramatist, Netherlands).