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From Domination to Regeneration: Cultivating a New World View in Perilous Times

Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
5:30-7:00 PM
Amphitheater, 4th floor Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.) Map
Note: ASL interpretation will be provided.

The world seems to be in crisis. The planet is in peril. Oceans are poisoned with human waste. Racism is on the rise. Virulent nationalism has resurfaced across the globe. Religion is shaky and ungrounded. Technology is reaching into our lives instead of enriching it. We seem to have reached an impasse on borders and the role of government. Humans usually develop shared stories to understand moments like these. The current narrative that is shared by religion, science, and politics is about the end of it all—the end of the world. But is that what is happening?

Abdul-Matin will address how to confront this time of extraordinary upheaval, a time in which the failures of our economic and political systems have become clear and the harm is deeply and widely felt. In this moment of upheaval, of dissolution and awakening, what is unravelling? What is possible that wasn’t possible before? What is the worldview that we can awaken and cultivate now? What seeds did (y)our ancestors plant for Deep Democracy, rooted in Beloved Community, that you could water and cultivate now?

He will share amazing examples of work happening right now that seeks to nurture whole people and whole communities as we transition away from a world of domination and extraction to one of regeneration, resilience, and interdependence.

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is the author of "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet." He has advised two NYC mayors on sustainability policy, among other issues, and has also worked with Fortune 500 companies on sustainability and innovation. He has spoken and written for a variety of outlets on diverse topics including Islam and sustainability, organizing and activism, and land use process. A former on-air sports contributor to WNYC’s The Takeaway, Abdul-Matin has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Al Jazeera, among others. And in 2015 he was named one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in New York City Politics by City & State Magazine.

About the Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture: The Jill S. Harris Memorial Endowment was established in 1985 by Roger and Meredith Harris, Jill’s parents, her grandparents Allan and Norma Harris, and friends. The fund was established in memory of Jill, a resident of Chicago and undergraduate student at U-M who passed away due to injuries from an auto accident.

The fund brings a distinguished visitor to campus each year who will appeal to undergraduates interested in the humanities and the arts. The visitor may either be a fellow of the institute for an extended period of time or invited for a few days to present the annual lecture.The visiting fellow will usually interact with undergraduates, informally and through visits to classes or by other means by which exchanges with undergraduates may be promoted.
Building: Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Ecology, Environment, Humanities, Lecture, Muslim, Social Impact, Social Justice, Talk, Undergraduate
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Institute for the Humanities, Global Islamic Studies Center, Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS)

The Global Islamic Studies Center organizes a number of public events each year such as lectures, conferences, and films, many in collaboration with other U-M units. Please use our searchable events calendar for information about upcoming programs sponsored by GISC and the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar (IISS).