20,000 Dialogues is a nationwide initiative that uses films to facilitate dialogue about Muslims and Islam. Watch the video to learn more.
The following speakers are familiar with the 20,000 Dialogues model and will speak at your Dialogue Party and help you facilitate the discussion. We recommend, but do not require, that you invite one of these individuals to your Dialogue Party. After you have filled out your Dialogue Party Application you can contact them directly to see if they are available and to negotiate honorarium, travel and lodging.
Artemus Gaye fled the Liberian Civil War with a vivid memory of the ambiguity of the history of his native land. As a living descendant of Abduhl Rahahman and Isabella, he is passionate about the preservation and recovery of their legacy and that of others long forgotten or lost. Additionally, he is a community leader and also pursuing his PhD in Ethics at Loyola University in Chicago. Contact Artemus.
Sulayman S. Nyang teaches in the Department of African Studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Nyang, who is a native of the Republic of the Gambia, also served as his homeland's deputy ambassador to seven Middle Eastern and North African countries. In 1993, he became senior consultant on the African Voices Project of the Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1997, Nyang became the first scholar to be named the Henry Luce Professor for Abrahamic Religions at the University of Hartford and Hartford Seminary. Contact Dr. Nyang.
Andrea Kalin is an award-winning director and producer with numerous credits related to social issues. A graduate of American University, Andrea spent several years in radio and news broadcasting before moving into documentary film. She founded Spark Media in order to create programs that excite, incite and entertain. In the past few years, her work has garnered more than 45 prestigious international awards, including the Erik Barnouw Award for Best History Documentary for Partners of the Heart. Contact Andrea.
Zarinah Shakir, born in Trenton, New Jersey is the Producer/Host of "Islamic Perspectives" television program taped and aired in Arlington, Virginia. This is the longest running program about Islam and Muslims in the Washington, DC metro area (fifteen years). She is the chairperson of the WPFW (89.3FM) Local Station Board which is part of the Pacifica Network. Along with her BA and MA from San Francisco State University, Ms. Shakir received a certificate from Yale University for a summer program on "The Teaching of Africa." Contact Zarinah.
Amadou Shakur is Director of Development/ Marketing for the International Museum of Muslim Cultures. As Director he lectures to museum and gallery audiences. The museum is currently featuring a traveling Islamic exhibit "The Golden Legacy of Timbuktu, Wonders of The Written Word". The exhibit features original African manuscripts covering a period from the ninth to the fifteenth centuries in Timbuktu, Mali. Mr. Shakur was formerly Executive Director for the Shahan Institute, an Islamic research foundation and think tank. Mr. Shakur was former host of a television show entitled "Islam In View" where in-depth interviews on a variety of Islamic and community- oriented topics were discussed. Mr. Shakur lectures on Islamic social and cultural affairs, Islamic Spain, African American and African Islamic history.
Najah Bazzy is a Transcultural Nurse Clinical Specialist and a Diversity Specialist with 25 years specializing in the area of transcultural health care. She has an extensive background in critical care nursing with a special expertise in Arab and Muslim health care, beliefs, and practices. She is CEO of Diversity Specialists and Transcultural Health Care Solutions. She is also the Executive Director and Founder of Zaman International, a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides "hope for humanity".
Najah Bazzy is well known locally and internationally for her lectures on many topics related to Islam including interfaith dialogue, gender equity and equality, human rights, and medical ethics. Since 9/11 she has spoken to thousands of non-Muslims and has engaged extensively in interfaith outreach that includes the United States Army, United States Department of Justice, New Detroit, and the Susan B. Komen Foundation. She is noted for her "ambassador" style of diplomatic dialogue.
Ibrahim Abdil-Mu'id Ramey is the Director of the Human and Civil Rights Division of the Muslim American Society Freedom (MAS Freedom), the human rights and social advocacy component of the Muslim American Society. MAS is America's largest grassroots Muslim organization, with chapters in some 50 cities in the USA. He serves as a board member of the Muslim Women's Institute, the Temple of Understanding, an interfaith organization promoting dialogue and cooperation among diverse religious traditions, and the Climate Crisis Coalition. He also serves as a Vice President of the Steering Committees of the Religious NGO Community at the United Nations. Contact Ibrahim.
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik is the Director of Outreach at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center and former Muslim Chaplain at Howard University (HU) and was the first Muslim officially installed as a chaplain in higher education at HU and is the Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. The imam also, serves as the chair of government relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America. He is the director of community outreach for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and President of the Muslim Society of Washington, Inc. Contact Imam Johari.
M. Imad Damaj was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and then attended college at the University of Paris, France where he earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology. Dr. Damaj is currently a Professor of Pharmacology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond (Class of 2005) and Sorensen Institute for Political leadership (Class 2007). He has been involved in various communal, interfaith, civic, social and educational programs for years. Dr. Damaj was a scoutmaster for the Boy Scout of America for five years. He serves on the Board of the Muslim American Society, Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs, ACLU Virginia; Richmond Habitat for Humanity, Virginia Interfaith center for Public Policy and Chesterfield Education Foundation. He serves on the multicultural subcommittee for the Richmond Red Cross chapter, Volunteers Committee for Central Virginia Food Bank and Innovation team for bridging the gap at Chesterfield County Public Schools. He served on Virginia Governor Tim Kaine's transition Team. He is the Faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association at VCU. He lectures frequently to various religious and civic groups in the State of Virginia and worked on several projects with the 1st Amendment Center and the Council for America's First Freedom. He is involved in various interfaith dialogue programs such as the Abrahamic trialogue, Muslim-Catholic dialogue, Muslims-Evangelical Christians dialogue, the tent of Abraham (United Methodist Churches in the Richmond region), in the Richmond area.
Progress Theatre (PT) is an international touring ensemble of multi-disciplined performers committed to using art to encourage social consciousness, cross-community dialogue and cultural awareness. Since its founding by theatre graduates of New York University's renown Tisch School of the Arts in 2001, PT has inspired audiences coast-to-coast with dynamic performances that fuse theatre, dance, blues, storytelling, spirituals, R&B and spoken word to explore the social concerns and insights of today's young adult generation. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the next wave of aesthetics in words" and by New York Show Business Weekly as "astonishingly vivid," Progress Theatre is at the forefront of a new generation of American Theatre. Contact Progress Theater.