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  • Blog
    Fri, 2 Aug 2013
    ArticleThe Magic of Red, White & Blue

    FOMO- Fear of Missing Out. Like many people, when I fall ill I usually contract FOMO in conjunction with whatever illness I might have. This week was no exception. I was ill and there was so much to do: meetings, ongoing preparations for the Intersections office move, development for upcoming Dialogue events, and plans to go running with... more...

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    Thu, 1 Aug 2013
    ArticleShoot Day - The RVIP Police Training Video Comes...

    I've spent the past two months writing and co-producing a training video that will be used to introduce police officers (particularly from the police departments of Memphis, TN and Lowell, MA) to the Insight approach to conflict resolution and its potential for effectiveness when used in law enforcement. Knowing that there are a lot... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 1 Aug 2013
    ArticleA Tale of Two Interns: At the Synagogue

    Intersections kindly arranged for Shanzae and me to take part in a guided visit by one of our UPIC representatives, Rabbi Ari Hart (who, due to the impending birth of his child, mozaltov, was unable to attend our conference in Pakistan this year). Rabbi Hart very kindly offered to not only show us around his recently rejuvenated... more...

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    Wed, 24 Jul 2013
    ArticleA Tale of Two Interns

    Co-Author Shanzae Asif The Breaking of the Fast: Iftar This summer, Intersections has the privilege of hosting two young women interns — Elisabeth from the U.S. and Shanzae from Pakistan. Below is the first in a series of blogs that explores their different (or perhaps not so different) perspectives. Elisabeth:... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 19 Jul 2013
    ArticleVeterans, Civilians, Sons and Brothers

    “What do YOU have to bring to the table in a conversation with a veteran forty-four years out of Vietnam and a younger veteran coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, both suffering from severe PTSD?” The question I asked myself was blaring in my head louder than a fire alarm in a library.  I had a restless night before... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 19 Jul 2013
    ArticleTribal America

    Last year several months after the death of Trayvon Martin, Intersections’ hosted a Washington Dialogue to explore root causes of how and why Trayvon Martin ended up being stalked and shot to death while walking home through the gated community he was visiting. The small group was diverse. A black man and a black woman, an... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 18 Jul 2013
    ArticleTE'A Holds Retreat to Develop The America Project

    TE’A is already well into the first stage of developing The America Project. Not only is the new TE’A Company the largest and most diversely talented yet, our goals for this new experiment in Insight theatre are our most ambitious by far. Instead of focusing on a particular issue – being Muslim (and non-Muslim)... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 18 Jul 2013
    ArticleLeadership Briefing at Convergence Center for...

    On 25th June 2013, I traveled to Washington, DC with Intersections’ Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, C. Eduardo Vargas to be part of the Convergence Leadership Council’s briefing scheduled for the next day. This was part of several briefings/presentations that Intersections International has been involved in since the... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 18 Jul 2013
    ArticleReflections on UPIC and U.S. Drone Strikes

    In April, I was privileged to be asked by Intersections International to join the UPIC delegation to Pakistan. I am an Islamicist by profession, focusing on Muslims and American popular culture. However, my degree is in “Indo-Muslim Culture,” and I remain deeply interested in the lives and cultures of Muslims of South Asia,... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 18 Jul 2013
    ArticleUPIC Coverage in Pakistani News

    I was first introduced to Intersections International in December 2012 while taking a course on “Critical Contemporary Intellectual Debates in the Muslim World” at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. Rev. Robert Chase and C. Eduardo Vargas were two of the panelists at a discussion held in our... more...

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