February 12, 2013
Participants for the Center for Jewish Studies‘ and Center for Islamic Studies‘ annual Madrasa-Midrasha Day of Learning gathered at Easton Hall on Sunday, February 10, for a day of exploration into the history, contributions, and representations of Jews and Muslims on a variety of American media platforms. Beginning with welcomes from both centers and an introduction to this year’s theme, Reel Jews & Muslims: Representations of Jews and Muslims in American Media,Munir Jiwa, Director of the Center for Islamic Studies, gave opening remarks. Soon-to-be graduates Shaina Hammerman of CJS and Som Pourfarzaneh of CIS led the first workshops on film and on social media, respectively. Two UC Berkeley graduates, Yoav Potash, a local producer and director, and Zahra Noorbakhsh, a local playwright and comedian, conducted the remaining workshops. A brief reception preceded the screening of the film Arranged. A Q&A session with Ameena Jandali of the Islamic Networks Group and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies Naomi Seidman closed the evening.