FSCJ Press Release – FSCJ Plans Open Forum Discussion on Parallels and Challenges in a Multicultural America

For Immediate Release: March 30, 2016
Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016

FSCJ Plans Open Forum Discussion on Parallels and Challenges in a Multicultural America

WHAT: Join fellow community members and students at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) for an engaging open forum discussion on current and past social, religious and political challenges of our multicultural society.

This forum will specifically explore historic problems in the United States related to anti-Semitism and contemporary issues related to anti-Muslim sentiment and what parallels and differences exist.

In 2015, FSCJ was accepted as the 10th site to be designated for Holocaust and human rights education by the Florida Department of Education as a member of the Commissioner’s Taskforce on Holocaust education. Co-directors of the FSCJ site are Beth Harvey, director of the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, and FSCJ Professor Dr. Dirk Wendtorf. To learn more about the Taskforce, visit http://flholocausteducationtaskforce.org/.

Patrick Nolan, adjunct professor at FSCJ and instructor of Holocaust education at Sandalwood High School, will serve as the moderator.

Panelists include Dr. Andrew Holt, professor of history at FSCJ and local media commentator on current events in the Middle East; Dr. Parvez Ahmed, professor of finance at the University of North Florida and a two-term member of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Commission; Rabbi Gary Perras, well-known leader outside the Jewish community for his initiatives and relationships with the Christian and Arab communities; Monsignor Daniel Logan, distinguished leader for the Diocese of St. Augustine; and Dr. Charles Closmann, associate professor of history at the University of North Florida, who explores issues like the rise and fall of modern dictatorships.

The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville-South Campus
Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

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