Director of Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center to Present at 9/11 Events and Center to Host 9/11 Lecture on Sept. 26

Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., the new director of Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center and an experienced scholar in interfaith relations, is participating in the College’s tribute to 9/11.

Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., the new director of Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center and an experienced scholar in interfaith relations, is participating in the College’s tribute to 9/11 by joining in three remembrances events, Sept. 9-11. The Center will also host the Hope & Healing Post 9/11: An Interfaith Dialogue from a Woman’s Perspective event on Monday, Sept. 26 from 4-6 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library, and the event is open to the public.

On Friday, Sept. 9, Afridi will present atthe In Good Faith: Stories of Hope and Resilience event, which is sponsored by the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) along with the Cordoba Initiative and the Interchurch Center. In addition to hearing from 9/11 survivors and families, ASMA will recognize interfaith work and accomplishments by groups and individuals from a variety of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds since 9/11 including Afridi and the Center.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, Afridi will speak on 9/11 with other faith leaders at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, an Orthodox Synagogue, on the principles of justice and commonalities of Judaism and Islam. Finally, she will deliver a short talk on Sept. 11 for families and toddlers at the Temple Riverdale.

With Afridi’s scholarly commitment to the study of the Holocaust and genocide and years of dedicated work in interfaith relations, she was chosen to lead the newly named Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center last spring. Her leadership and experience is helping the College to broaden its focus to promote a better understanding among Christians, Jews and Muslims through interfaith dialogue related to the College’s educational mission.

The first program under Afridi’s leadership, Hope & Healing Post 9/11: An Interfaith Dialogue from a Woman’s Perspective, will bring together three distinguished women from different backgrounds. Daisy Khan, executive director of ASMA; Rori Picker Neiss, a student at Yeshivat Maharat, a pioneering institution training Orthodox Jewish women to be spiritual leaders and halakhic (Jewish) legal authorities; and Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College; will discuss their own personal responses to 9/11 and examine the relationship of each faith with one another.

“This event was inspired by the compassionate voices of women of faith who lost their loved ones on 9/11,” said Afridi. “I wanted people to hear from women of faith who are spiritual leaders of their own faiths about three things: how they respond as Jewish, Catholic and Muslim to 9/11, the challenges and hope; and how do their faith traditions commemorate 9/11 or deal with loss on such a level?”

To learn more about the Hope & Healing Post 9/11: An Interfaith Dialogue from a Woman’s Perspective event, please contact Mehnaz Afridi by e-mail at
mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu.

Media interested in interviewing Mehnaz Afridi, please contact Liz Connolly, assistant director of communications, by e-mail at public_relations@manhattan.edu.