The last four years have witnessed an escalation of hate speech and violent acts against religious and ethnic minorities in the West. Among the leading causes are ignorance about the other, the dissolution of social and political bonds, rabid nationalism, white supremacy, and political leaders, who through their popular discourse, encouraged the “othering” of religious and ethnic minorities.
This roundtable discussion is composed of two panels, the first of which will look at the discourse of hate and its impact on minority communities. The second panel will explore various creative solutions with an emphasis on interfaith action.
Dr. Josef Waleed Meri, Professor and Historian in Interfaith Relations in the Middle East, College of Islamic Studies, HBKU
DISCOURSE OF HATE SPEECH AND ITS IMPACT ON SOCIETY
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al Naimi, Professor; and Undersecretary, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Qatar; and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID), Qatar
Dr. Fernand De Varennes, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights), Geneva, Switzerland
Dr. Jocelyne Cesari, Professor, University of Birmingham, UK and Visiting Professor, Harvard University, United States
Dr. Mitri Raheb, Reverend; President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Palestine
PROMOTING CO-EXISTENCE AND INTERFAITH SOLUTIONS