Philip Freid

 

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Philip Freid was born in Lodz, Poland in May of 1928. He was the youngest of three children born to Ita and Hersz Freid. Mr. Freid was 11 years of age when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, and he first experienced ghetto life in Lodz at the age of 12. During his family's time in the ghetto, his father died of starvation. In August 1944, 16 year-old Philip and his remaining family members were sent to Auschwitz. Mr. Freid and his brother, Leon, were seperated from their mother and sister on 26 August. The two boys spent six months in Auschwitz before being sent the labor camp Flossenburg, where they worked in a factory making bombs. On May 7, 1945, Mr. Freid and Leon were liberated. After the war, Mr. Freid and Leon went back to Lodz and rented a small apartment, but later Mr. Freid moved to Berlin, Germany to attend a Hebrew school. In 1949, Mr. Freid, his brother, and his sister-in-law settled in the United States.

 

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“Unsettling Empathy: Working with Groups in Conflict”

A book talk with Bjorn Krondorfer, PhD in conversation with Dr. Mehnaz Afridi titled “Unsettling Empathy: Working with Groups in Conflict”. Björn Krondorfer is Director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University and Endowed Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies. His field of expertise is religion, gender, and culture, and (post-) Holocaust and reconciliation studies. His scholarship helped to define the field of Critical Men’s Studies in Religions. In 2007-08, he was guest professor at the Institute of Theology and the History of Religion at the Freie University Berlin, Germany, and he held the status of visiting Faculty Affiliate at the University of the Free State, South Africa. Publications include Unsettling Empathy: Working with Groups in Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020); The Holocaust and Masculinities: Critical Inquiries into the Presence and Absence of Men (SUNY 2020); Reconciliation in Global Context: Why it is Needed and How it Works (SUNY, 2018); Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination (Stanford UP, 2010), and many more.

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A Conversation: White Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Racism

A conversation with Claudia Setzer, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies, and Eric Ward, Executive Director of Western States Center about White Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Racism.

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Opening the Qur’an: Exploring Muslim Devotional Life

The first seven lines of the Qur’an, known as al-Fatiha, are possibly the most frequently recited verses of the Qur’an. This talk explores the importance of these lines in the lives of Muslims, incorporating calligraphy, theology, music, and theology. Prophet Muhammad said that all of the knowledge of the Qur’an is found in these verses. The ways in which Muslims have explored the depths of al-Fatiha allows us to have a glimpse at the breadth of Muslim devotional life. 

Hussein Rashid, PhD is a freelance academic, currently affiliated with several universities in New York City. He is a scholar of religion, focusing on Muslims and US popular culture. He is also the founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency. He co-edited a book on Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel called Ms. Marvel’s America. He is currently co-editing a volume on Islam and Popular Culture, and another volume on Islam in North America. He is also co-authoring a cultural history of Muslims in America. His current projects include an independent film, a documentary, and a museum project on religion and jazz. He worked with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as a content expert on their exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.” You can find out more at http://www.husseinrashid.com

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