Monday, February 27, 2017

Institute for Global Leadership hosts 32nd EPIIC Symposium

Jesse Najarro, Kyle Anderson, Natasha Mayor,

Pandith image from
The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) [at Tufts University] hosted its 32nd annual Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) Symposium this past weekend in ASEAN Auditorium. The theme of this year’s symposium was “The World of Tomorrow: Order and Chaos in the 21st Century.”
Panelists discussed the existence, significance and future of nation-states in a discussion on Friday afternoon. ... The speakers ... [included] ... Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the U.S. Department of State Farah Pandith (F ’95). ...
Pandith was presented with the Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public Diplomacy Award by sophomore Minh Dinh.
Pandith spoke about the identity crisis affecting Muslim youth worldwide. She explained that groups like Al Qaeda target young Muslims looking for answers on the Internet, and she spoke about the necessity of providing counter narratives. Pandith advocated for ending the ‘us’ versus ‘them’ ideology and called on the audience to consider Muslims in defining American identity.
“People are owning their own space,” Pandith said. “They’re redefining what it means to be American. I would ask you to own that space too and understand why that identity of who you are — not just the Muslim identity — matters.” ... 

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