Our session was described as follows: “Muslim”, “Israeli”, “African”, and “American” – the labels that we use to describe others come with heavy baggage and a tremendous burden.
Some people are put on this planet to be heard. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is one of those people. I am left wondering, "If we could only figure out a way to channel his generous and informed energy, I think we'd be able to solve some of the world's energy issues!"
I had the unique opportunity of sitting down, one on one, with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Please enjoy this our conversation:
Travel humor - check out this song by 3 beautiful Irish ladies!
Here are my thoughts on gap year vs. study abroad, global citizenship, the Melibee speakers series, what inspires me to write my blog and more!
Part 2 of my interview with Carrie Wagner, Author of the book “Village Wisdom: Immersed in Uganda, Inspired by Job, Changed for Life.”
An enormous earthquake hit Japan on Friday, March 11.
Representative Keith Ellison, the US's first Muslim American elected to Congress, wept today as he shared the story of Mohammed Salman Habdani, a young Muslim-American who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
“Islam and the West: Clashing Beliefs or Common Values?” seeks to deconstruct both the Middle East’s and America’s conceptions of the “Other” by finding common ground to stand on. Samuel Huntington’s theory of the clash of civilizations has dominated our perceptions of the other side of the world, but we must ask ourselves, is it with good reason? Crossing Borders uses the shared experiences of four American and four Moroccan students to bridge the supposedly vast gap between the Muslim world and the West. During their journey through Morocco, these students find that they are not so different after all.
Does your study abroad office charge a per student administration fee? If not, are you thinking about doing so?
It is also a philosophical question: Do we charge for a special fee for a program that we believe is core to the academic experience?