On Monday, November 18th, the Moravian community received a special visit from Craig Considine, Ph.D., a Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Rice University in Houston, TX. Flanked by nine students representing the classes of 2020-2023, Dr. Considine engaged in a vivid dialogue revolving around issues of Muslim-Christian relations in front of the fully gathered Upper School.
Dr. Considine’s visit began earlier in the morning with a seminar-style discussion in Mr. Gutgold’s F-period World History I class. Students were able to engage with Dr. Considine on a variety of topics, including current media depictions of Muslims and broader historical perspectives about Muslim-Christian relations in America and elsewhere. Joined by Suleyman Eris, Moravian parent and President of the Respect Graduate School for Islamic Studies, Dr. Considine encouraged all students to think critically about the images of Muslims presented to them in American media. They also challenged students to move beyond the premise of tolerance for others towards a deeper sense of genuine engagement with them.
Read the rest of Dr. Brian Crowe’s write-up on the Moravian Academy Blog.