Who: Interfaith Dialogue Student Association, Institute for Interfaith Dialog
What: Conference: Building a Multiracial Democracy
When: March 24, 2008 between 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Where: Memorial Student Center (MSC) 212, Texas A&M University
Participants: A&M Students, Faculty and Staff, and individuals from the community.
The Interfaith Dialogue Student Association (IDSA) is exploring the relationship between democracy and racism as well as the importance of dialog in building multiracial democracy. Ella C. McFadden Professor Joe Feagin, a leading scholar on racism and multiracial democracy issues and author of 52 scholarly books, will speak on the barriers to building a truly democratic multiracial society in the United States. He will illustrate his talk with recent comments about the reality of everyday racism, and about countering that racism, that educated young Americans have made in 1,000 diaries that he and a colleague have collected. Professor Cary Nederman, the author or editor of approximately 20 books and 100 articles and book chapters with special interest on democracy, religious tolerance, and diversity issues, will talk about whether democracy promotes the good relations between people of diverse racial and faith backgrounds. Dr. Yetkin will consider the racism in democracies from the perspective of interfaith dialog and will explain how promoting dialog can eliminate the problems associated with racism in today’s democracies. IDSA is a Texas A&M University recognized student organization established in 2001 with primary goal of promoting and enhancing dialog, understanding, and tolerance among people of diverse religious and cultural communities on campus and in the community. With this goal in mind, IDSA have been organizing and taking part in different social activities, including picnics, seminars, special cultural performances and reading groups that bring people of diverse backgrounds together. Rather than concentrating on differences, we try to emphasize commonalities that bring us together and far outnumber the differences. IDSA is affiliated with and supported by The Institute for Interfaith Dialog, which is a non-profit organization and pursuing the same goals as IDSA. The vision of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog is to help unite communities in order that the spirituality of all individuals be heard in a space that is free of dogmatism, criticism, oppression, and fear.Titles and Speakers"Racism and Multiracial Democracy" by Joe R. FeaginProfessor, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University"Does Democracy Promote Racial Tolerance?"by Cary J. NedermanProfessor, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University"The Role of Interfaith Dialog for adopting Democracy in the Contemporary World"by Yetkin YildirimVice President, Institute of Interfaith Dialog For more information, please visit:http://idsa.tamu.eduhttp://www.interfaithdialog.org