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Joan Haan, MA, CPCC is an Organizational and Leadership Coach and Facilitator working with both for profit and not for profit teams and boards. In addition Joan Haan is a trainer for Creating a Culture of Peace: Nonviolence Training for Personal and Social Change (www.creatingacultureofpeace.org); a Lead Facilitator for Minnesota Council of Churches, Respectful Conversations Project - softening hearts, deepening understanding, not debate - regarding the Marriage Amendment; and is a Planner for the St. Paul Area Interfaith Network, SPIN (www.spinterfaith.org). She was Co-Convener of the 2011 SPIN Fall Series, Eyes Wide Open: A Conversation about Racism, Discrimination, Prejudice and Meeting the Other as well as others. Joan is a monthly Convener of Interfaith Conversation Café, also sponsored by SPIN.

Ms. Haan has traveled to the West Bank, Jordan and Israel and was invited to lead a workshop for young adults, Promoting East / West Conversation: The Art of Silence and Listening May 31, 2010, Amman, Jordan, Sponsored by Middle East Council of Churches and Mennonite Central Committee. She was part of the first U.S. delegation to travel to Iraq with the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project, IARP,
(http://reconciliationproject.org) November, 2012.

Fardosa Hassan began as IYLC coordinator in December 2012, which is the same month she graduated from Augsburg College with a degree in sociology and international relations. Fardosa was very active in interfaith work while at Augsburg and received the Courageous Woman Award. Fardosa was recognized by President Barack Obama and invited to the White House to take part in the Interfaith Campus Challenge. Previous internships include the Kenya Parliament and Lutheran Social Services. Fardosa describes herself as a “community minded citizen, who wants to make a positive change in the world.”


Giancarlo Casale

is a University of Minnesota history professor.  Giancarlo Casale holds a PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and is currently associate professor of the history of the Islamic World at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught since 2005.  He is an expert in Ottoman history, early modern empires, and the history of geography and cartography. His book, The Ottoman Age of Exploration, was awarded the Cundill Recognition of Excellence prize in 2011.
He introduces the Connected Histories theme at http://bridgingcultures.neh.gov/muslimjourneys/items/show/306


Cawo Abdi, University of Minnesota sociology professor, works in these research areas:
Migration; Gender, Race and Class; Family; Islam; Development Studies; Human Rights; Globalization; Africa; Middle East.  She is currently working on a book manuscript, “Journeys of Hope: Somali Experiences in South Africa, America and the United Arab Emirates.”   Journeys of Hope is a comparative study investigating the migration experiences of Somalis in South Africa, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates.

More information at http://www.soc.umn.edu/assets/doc/2013-14BrochurePublication.docx

Abdirahman Mukhtar is a Youth Programs and Services staff member at the Hennepin County Library System Services.  He coordinates programs, projects and workgroups in the area of youth services and was the African Outreach Liaison in Multicultural Services until June 2012 HCL. In this capacity he has led and participated in teams that develop new library programs and services and improve existing ones. Prior to his work at HCL, Abdirahman was the Youth Program Manager at the Brian Coyle Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis and also worked as a family advocate and outreach coordinator at the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota.  Abdirahman brings an equally strong passion for serving youth and families as well as a deep background in creating services for youth and families that are both high quality, responsive to their needs and well supported in their communities.

Ahmed Ali is the Somali Outreach Liaison for the Hennepin County Library. Among other things, Ahmed is responsible promoting HCL programs and services, organizing community outreach events, building relationships with school districts, developing culturally relevant projects and educating parents about the importance of early literacy and child development.
In addition, Ahmed supports/advises HCL employees in their effort to provide excellent customer service to highly diverse county residents.


Professor Catherine Asher is a specialist in Islamic and Indian art from 1200 to the present. She’s well known for her work on the Mughal dynasty (1526-1858), but increasingly is working on the patronage of their successors and predecessors, both Muslim and non-Muslim. Current work focuses on architecture provided by Hindus, Jains, Muslims and Sikhs in cities across north India. Exploring not only architecture but also painting as well as luxury arts, she shows that contrary to common belief these communities were more often in harmony with one another than in adversarial relationships. In addition to urban formations and developments, Catherine Asher is also interested in the shrines that develop around deceased Muslim saints, that is, Sufis, examining the appeal such complexes have for devotees. Those in south India that focus on miraculous healing have much in common with nearby churches and Hindu temples, thus suggesting the development of pan-Indian cultures that transcend religious affiliations. In addition to courses on India, she teaches a wide range of courses on Islamic art and culture. To develop these courses, Catherine Asher has traveled extensively to areas with sizable Muslim populations from Spain to China.
More information: http://arthist.umn.edu/people/facultyprofile.php?UID=asher001