WED. FEB 10 | Communicating with our Communities on Violence and Transformation
Following the 8:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback with Sahar Khamis (Arab and Muslim media expert; Dept. of Communication, University of Maryland), Rabbi Batya Steinlauf (Director, Social Justice Issues and Inter-Group Relations at Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington) and Ned Lazarus (Conflict Resolution scholar, practitioner and evaluator, at University of Maryland's Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies)
Dr. Sahar Khamis is an expert on Arab and Muslim media, and the former Head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department in Qatar University. She is a former Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.
She is the co-author of the books: Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Additionally, she authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles and conference papers, regionally and internationally, in both English and Arabic. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious academic and professional awards, as well as a member of the editorial boards of several journals in the field of communication, in general, and the field of Arab and Muslim media, in particular. Dr. Khamis is a media commentator and analyst, a public speaker, a human rights commissioner in the Human Rights Commission in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a radio host, who presents a monthly radio show on “U.S. Arab Radio” (the first Arab-American radio station broadcasting in the U.S. and Canada).
Ned Lazarus is a Conflict Resolution scholar, practitioner and evaluator, currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Maryland’s Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, and a Program Officer at the Israel Institute. In recent years, Ned has conducted evaluations of dozens of Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding initiatives on behalf of USAID, the United States Institute of Peace, and the European Union. Ned earned his doctorate in International Relations from American University in 2011; he has taught Conflict Resolution at Georgetown, George Mason and George Washington Universities. Before entering the academic field, Ned served as Middle East Program Director for Seeds of Peace, based in Jerusalem, from 1996-2004.
Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, JCRC’s Director, Social Justice and Interfaith Initiatives, is a Conservative rabbi, ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1998. Batya works with local Jewish organizations to promote social justice projects and awareness in the community, and is actively engaged with the diverse and vibrant interfaith and multiethnic community in the greater Washington area. She is the current President of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington as well as the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Advisory Group. She has a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University, a degree in Master of Hebrew Letters from The University of Judaism, as well as a Master’s degree and Rabbinic Ordination from J.T.S. Batya has worked in Jewish education at all levels and worked at a number of social service agencies. Batya lives in Washington, DC with her three children.