Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom Opens "Religion, Violence and Coexistence" Panel Discussion
- Created on Friday, 19 October 2012 19:15
- Written by IVN
Washington, DC - On Monday, October 22, Suzan Johnson Cook, the U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom, will provide opening remarks and introduce the panelists at a public panel discussion entitled “Religion, Violence, and Coexistence.” The panel is hosted in honor of International Religious Freedom Day. The event will be in Room B241 at the U.S. Institute of Peace from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.
The panel discussion will focus on civil society’s role in preventing and addressing provocative statements of religious bias and violent responses to it. The panelists will discuss the complementarities and tensions between the freedoms of expression and religion, use of the media in fomenting religious discrimination, and how to work with the media to promote respect for all religious traditions.
Panelists will include Haris Tarin, the Washington D.C. Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council,Marc Gopin, the Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict at George Mason University, and Manal Omar, the Director of Iraq, Iran and North Africa Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Susan Hayward, a Program Officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace will serve as moderator for the discussion. The public event will be webcast live at www.usip.org/webcast and viewers are encouraged to submit questions for the panel on Twitter with #IRFatUSIP.