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The Tessellate Institute is proud to present, on its 10 year anniversary, a panel discussion on Muslim identity in North America, in the face of rising right-wing populism around the world. Muslims, amongst other minority groups, are confronted with more hatred and exclusion than ever before. Our panel, consisting of Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Dr. Barbara Perry and Fiyyaz Jaat, brings together academics and community leaders to provide an analysis of the current situation, as well as guidance to the community. The discussion will be moderated by Naheed Mustafa.After the panel, join us for a reception to celebrate ten years of the Tessellate Institute (TTI).
Location: Alliance Francaise Toronto - Downtown campus, 24 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7
ABOUT THE PANELDr. Ingrid MattsonSince 2012 Dr. Ingrid Mattson has been the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College. Born and raised in Canada, she moved to the United States where she earned her PhD at the University of Chicago, then taught Islamic Studies and founded the first accredited program for Muslim chaplains in America at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. During that time, she was also twice elected vice president, then president of the Islamic Society of North America. In that capacity, she expanded ISNA's interfaith partnerships and civic engagement. Dr. Mattson's work is focused on Quranic studies, theological ethics and interfaith engagement.
Dr. Barbara PerryDr. Barbara Perry is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She has written extensively on social justice generally, and hate crime specifically. She has published several books spanning both areas, including Diversity, Crime and Justice in Canada, and In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crime. Most recently, she has contributed to a scholarly understanding of anti-Muslim violence, hate crime against LGBTQ communities, the community impacts of hate crime, and right wing extremism in Canada. She puts her academic skills to work in the community through extensive involvement in local social justice initiatives.
Fiyyaz JaatFiyyaz Jaat is the Director of Youth Programming and Services at the Islamic Society of North America. He has significant experience working with youth in the community, acting as a mentor with Muslim Youth of North America since 2005. Fiyyaz previously worked in the private sector as a manager after completing a BSc. in computer science at Ryerson University.
Naheed Mustafa (moderator)Naheed Mustafa is an award-winning freelance broadcaster and writer based in Toronto. She’s worked for a variety of media outlets including CBC Radio, Radio Netherlands, and the BBC. Naheed’s writing has been published in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, the Toronto Star, and Outpost Magazine.
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