Symposium: “Religious and Political Polarization”

February 17, 2017

The Department of Religious Studies

in Collaboration with the
Barbara and Ray Alpert Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies Presents:

Symposium: “Religious and Political Polarization”

Moderator: Dr. Sophia Pandya


Aziza has been part of the NewGround team for a decade and has extensive experience in program management and coalition building. She has worked with diverse groups to deliver quality programming that developed the skills of participants in civic engagement, advocacy, service learning, leadership, conflict transformation and diversity training. An experienced mediator and conflict resolution practitioner she has co-facilitated multiple groups. Aziza’s work has been featured on Ozy, Yahoo News,, Public Radio’s “Speaking of Faith” with Krista Tippett, the United States Institute for Peace, Arabic Radio and Television, the LA Times, the Jewish Journal and InFocus. Aziza served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Keynote Speaker: Aziza Hasan
“Bridging Across Difference: Addressing Polarizing Rhetoric & Convening Meaningful Conversations”

Currently, we witness increasing social polarization at the national and global levels. Faultlines based on religion, class, race, educational level, political status, and affiliation are widening. This symposium considers the factors that seem to worsen these social chasms—especially religious divides. What are the implications of these faultlines? How can we work against these divisions? In particular, what roles does religion play in both creating and easing those schisms?

Speakers Include:

Faculty Students
Dr. Gabriel Estrada Keri Hughes
Dr. Carlos Piar Jessica Howell
Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger Matthew Argame
Dr. David Tabb Stewart Brenda Oliden, Alumna

1:30 – 2:15 PM
Cantarito Mexican Grill