Civility in Action: Dialogues Across Difference

May 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Montgomery College- Germantown Campus
20200 Observation Drive
Germantown, MD 20876 Bioscience Education Center, 151-152
As the child of Indian immigrants, Neel Saxena understands the cultural and linguistic difference that many Asian immigrants experience and is a vociferous advocate for education. As the executive director at Asian American LEAD, his work supports low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth, helping them to construct educational goals, learn about their own and others’ cultures, and take on leadership roles in the community. In Saxena’s experience, engaging across cultural difference can be empowering and transforming, for people on both sides of the conversation. Reaching across difference to make education accessible to all is his personal and professional mission.
As the first Muslim chaplain at an American university, Imam Yahya Hendi teaches across difference everyday. As a chaplain at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, part of his job description is to lead explorations about religious traditions and the roles they play in multicultural societies. As religion continues to be cast as a political narrative—as much as a cultural or national one—speaking productively across different forms of worship will be a skill that is much in demand. Imam Hendi’s experience and theological training will shed light on these processes and their impacts.


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