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Endangered: Religious Minorities in the Middle East and Their Struggle for Survival

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Endangered: Religious Minorities in the Middle East and Their Struggle for Survival

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 6 p.m.
12th-Floor Lounge | Corrigan Conference Center | 113 W. 60th St.
Lincoln Center Campus | Fordham University | New York City

Persecution, fear of genocide, and even cultural extinction threaten minority faith communities in the Middle East as never before. In a region once rich in religious and cultural diversity, Christians, Yazidis, and other marginalized communities now face surging intolerance.

What are their prospects amid ongoing conflict and the rise of ISIS? Can imperiled faith traditions preserve their heritage into the future?

Eliza Griswold, Journalist and Author of The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam

Douglas M. Padgett, Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of State

The Reverend Gewargis Sulaiman, Assyrian Church of the East, Diocese of the Eastern United States

Haider Elias, Founder and President of Yazda: A Global Yazidi Organization

Sarhang Hamasaeed, Senior Program Officer for Middle East and Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace

The Russo Family Lecture
This lecture series is made possible by the Russo Family Foundation and was established in memory of Wanda and Robert Russo Sr., MD, FCRH '39.

Sponsored by:
The Fordham Center on Religion and Culture
The Fordham Orthodox Christian Studies Center


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