If history tells us anything, it’s that fear is a powerful catalyst in exacerbating the misconceptions many people hold about races and religions other than their own.
In a Sept. 2009 study, nonpartisan think tank The Pew Research Center reported that nearly six out of every 10 American adults see Muslims as being discriminated against more than any other religious group in the world. As a result of these perceived tensions between Muslim-Americans and other Americans — specifically those manifested after the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 — a small non-profit organization has dedicated its existence to fighting for the end of this hostility.
According to its official mission statement, the American Islamic Congress (AIC) is “a non-religious civic initiative challenging increasingly negative perceptions of Muslims by advocating responsible leadership and ‘two-way’ interfaith understanding.”
As an extension of these efforts, the AIC’s college subset “Project Nur” is promoting its Muslim Film Festival, which showcases films about the prevailing notions that non-Muslims have of the Muslim faith. Included in the screening are prominent works like “Persepolis” and “Faith Without Fear,” as well as lesser-known movies, one of which, “Journey Into America,” is screening today on campus.
“Journey” will be shown today in Room 213 of Dennison Hall from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event is entirely free of charge, and refreshments will be served.