The April 8, 2013 event featured the 60-minute film, "Prince Among Slaves" and was be followed by a conversation among attendees, facilitated by Joan Haan and Fardosa Hassan. The 2007 film was directed by Andrea Kalin and produced by Unity Productions Foundation. It is the true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African prince enslaved in the Americas.
About the Facilitators
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.”
Sponsors: The American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, George Mason University, The Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, the St. Paul Interfaith Network, and the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Muslim Journeys April 8, 2013 event sponsored by:
St. Paul Area Council of Churches (SPACC)
University of Minnesota Libraries
Patricia Lull, SPACC Exec. Dir., 651-789-3842
Susan Gangl, University of Minnesota Libraries, 612 626-2281
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