Parliament of World Religions: Countering Bigotry and Racism through Calls to Action

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Date(s) - August 17, 2023
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Parliament of World Religions: Countering Bigotry and Racism through Calls to Action

Panelists from ING’s Intercultural Speakers Bureau (ICSB) will be delivering this panel at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, which is on the theme “A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights.” Despite major advances following the civil rights movement, including educational and professional advances, bigotry and racism towards non-Whites continues today. This panel will examine the roots and interconnectedness of various forms of bigotry, including Islamophobia, antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia, that are directed against Muslim Americans, Jewish Americans, African Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans. Panelists will address the history and impact of knowledge creation under colonialism and slavery, xenophobia, and internalized bigotry. Working from the well-established social science principle that face-to-face education and engagement are the most effective ways to dispel prejudice, the panelists will participate in a group discussion with the audience and conclude with calls to action to counter prejudice and hate while building an inclusive society based on mutual understanding and solidarity.

Throughout the event the panelists will entertain questions and have a discussion with the audience.


Muslim American: Maha Elgenaidi (bio)
Jewish American: Bob Frankle (bio)
African American: Sheila Dawkins (bio)
Indigenous Person: Shannon Rivers (bio)
Latino American: Felipe Camacho-Lovell (bio)
Asian American: Grace Chan McKibben (bio)
Facilitator: Zachary Markwith (bio)

The panel date and time will be provided soon. For more information and to register, please visit the Parliament of the World’s Religions webpage here.