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Rumi Forum Podcast

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster intercultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange. The Forum contributes to this ultimate aim by means of conferences, panel discussions, community engagement, luncheons, publications and other activities. In particular the forum has an interest in issues regarding pluralism, peace building and conflict resolution, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, social harmony and justice, civil rights and community cohesion.

Dec 12, 2011

Pro-democracy protesters celebrated in cities across Egypt on Friday after forcing President Hosni Mubarak to step down. Mubarak, who had announced Thursday night in a televised speech that he would keep his title and give some of his authority to Vice President Omar Suleiman, suddenly handed over power to the...


Dec 12, 2011

Religious communities and organizations play a critical role in feeding the hungry, both in the United States and around the world.  Almost all faith traditions have mandates in their sacred texts to feed the hungry and care for the poor.  In the United States, a large proportion of emergency food assistance agencies...


Dec 12, 2011

In his State of the Union address President Obama said, “You see, we know what’s possible from our children when reform isn’t just a top-down mandate, but the work of local teachers and principals, school boards and communities.” Dr. Bedell will discuss ways that the Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership...


Dec 12, 2011

While recent events have spotlighted the Internet's capacity to make political organization more efficient once disaffected citizens are moved to action, this paper tests another component of the Internet's potential to influence the cost-benefit calculus of political behavior: the motivation to act or organize in the...


Dec 12, 2011

Yes, I Would... comprises a series of imaginary letters written to Lady Mary Montagu, whose famous Embassy Letters were written in 1716-1718 during her stay in Turkey as the wife of the English ambassador. The author uses themes dear to Lady Mary, such as culture, art, religion, women and daily life, to reflect on...