The mission of the Interreligious Training Consortium is to foster greater understanding and trust between faith leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions.



We invite you to participate in a rare opportunity to interact and learn from religious trainers from all backgrounds in Jewish, Muslim and Christian relations. You will have the opportunity to spend four days with lead trainers and peers who will open up dialogue within the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. You will attend informal short seminars on topics that are challenging, significant, and faith based. Participants will attend events in New York City and build relations through service work with groups of disaster relief in New York City. Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the program for their participation and be recognized by the Interreligious Consortium at Manhattan College.


Recognizing that honest inter-religious dialogue can be difficult, we are making a deliberate effort to widen the conversation. The conference will include deep mutual listening on issues where genuine tension exists, work together on practical projects that express values shared by all three traditions, and opportunities for sharing in food, events, and informal conversation.


Criteria: Participant must be a religious leader form Jewish, Christian or Muslim faith. Participant should be well-versed with their own tradition. Participant must commit to the full days of learning and service. Please submit a resume and a letter of interest indicating your interest in participating, what you would like to learn about interreligious training and how would it benefit you and your religious community. Please send all materials to:


Where: Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY When: June 17th to 21st 2019

Lodging, food, events, and transport included.


Please apply by March 15th 2019

If you have any questions, please write to Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi

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Calendar of Events

Film Screening of “Who Will Write Our History” in conversation with Dr. Stephenie Young

Stephenie Young is  a professor in the English Department and  research associate for the SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State  University in Massachusetts. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Binghamton and her B.A. in Art History from California State University, Long Beach. She has published widely in both national and international journals. Her forthcoming book, The Forensics of Memorialization, is  about the "forensic imagination," and how  traumatic material culture normally considered scientific evidence is used instead to create visual narratives that shape memory politics in post-conflict former Yugoslavia. With Paul Lowe (University of the Arts, London), she co-organizes the annual conference, Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. With Dr. Liliana Gomez-Popescu she co-leads the Network for Aesthetic Ecologies comprised of architects, artists, curators and theorists based in Zurich and Lebanon. She has received numerous fellowships and grants to conduct her research on comparative genocide and aesthetics. In fall 2019 she was in Warsaw, Poland as a Senior Research Fellow at the Jewish Historical Institute to conduct research about the Ringelblum archive as part of a larger study about contemporary border politics, evidence and memory.

Please watch the documentary before October 22nd's conversation. The documentary can be accessed here anytime before then:

The talk back will take place via google meets on Oct. 22nd at 7pm:

Support the Uyghurs and Stop The Genocide

An informational session on the Uyghurs. Please support the call for Uyghur abuses to be considered genocide. The Featured speaker will be Salih Hudayer, Founder and President of East Turkistan National Awakening Movement. The talk will be hosted and moderated by dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi, Director of HGI.

Please join us via live stream on our youtube channel at:

Peter Hayes: “November 1938 as Turning Point”?

Please join us on November 12th, time TBD with Peter Hayes for our annual Kristallnacht Lecture and Frederick Schweitzer lecture. Peter Hayes is a professor of History and German at Northwestern University. He specializes in the histories of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and, in particular, in the conduct of the nation’s largest corporations during the Third Reich.

Please register for the event via zoom webinar:

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