HGI Hosts Several Virtual Events in Spring 2021

Unsettling Empathy: Working with Groups in Conflict


On March 11, HGI hosted Director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University and Endowed Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, Dr. Bjorn Krondorfer. This event and conversation was led by Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center.


A Conversation: White Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Racism


On March 25, Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Claudia Setzer led a conversation with Eric Ward, Executive Director of Western States Center about White Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Racism.



Opening the Qur’an: Exploring Muslim Devotional Life


On April 1, HGI hosted freelance academic Hussein Rashid, PhD, who currently works at several New York based universities. Dr. Rashid's research focuses on Muslims and United States pop culture. In this talk, he discussed the ways in which the first seven lines of the Qur'an are evident and utilized in Muslim practice and culture.






"My Dear Boy” Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)


On April 8 and Holocaust Remembrance Day, HGI hosted retired CEO and author Joanie Holzer Schirm who writes the story of a collection of WWII letters that were preserved by her father, Dr. Oswald Holzer. She is the author of several books, including Adventurers Against Their Will that won the Global Ebook Award for Best Biography and Book Trailer. This talk focused on her more recent book, "My Dear Boy: A World War II Story of Escape, Exile, and Revelation.







Recordings of all of these events are available to the Manhattan College community.