Senior Journalists Seminar

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When: Sep 4 2019 (All day) until Sep 27 2019 (All day)
Where: Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois; Dhaka/Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; Istanbul, Turkey
What:

The 2019 Senior Journalists Seminar, September 4-27, 2019, will bring together 10-14 multinational journalists for an immersive three week dialogue, study, and travel program to Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois; Dhaka/Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; and Istanbul, Turkey. The 2019SJS will begin in Washington, DC with an overview of the American political system, including the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, federalism, the separation of powers, and congressional influencers on foreign policymaking. Other foundational sessions will examine the religious make-up, diversity of religious identity, and the prayer and attendance practices of the American public. The Washington, DC study tour will also feature participant presentations summarizing religion’s role in their home countries. In Chicago, journalists will experientially explore America’s multicultural and multi-religious society, the experiences of minority religious communities, initiatives bridging faith divides, and how cultural and religious identity, experience, and diversity is expressed in the literary, visual, performing, and media arts. Throughout the U.S. study tour, journalists will consider the political, military, and cultural engagement of the U.S. with Muslim majority regions. Travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh and Istanbul, Turkey will contextualize and compare religion’s role in the public sphere across democratic nations; provide first-hand exposure to and more nuanced understanding of the diversity of Muslim societies; and build the professional networks of participating journalists. A day trip to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh will also enable journalists an opportunity to visit the world’s largest refugee settlement. Meetings with government officials and academics in all three countries will explore domestic and international counter-terrorism efforts and opportunities for cooperation. Interactive experiences will also be included to deepen journalists’ understanding of Muslim cultures through the arts, culture, and new media. Finally, the media’s role in choosing, framing, and disseminating stories with a religious element and its effective shaping of public perception and U.S. relations with Muslim majority regions will be explored.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Liz A. Dorn
Phone: 808-944-7368
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