Women of Vision

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi: Bridging Divides Through Holocaust Education

In the premiere episode of Hadassah Presents: Women of Vision, Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College and Director of its Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center (HGI), joins Hadassah CEO Janice Weinman for a fascinating conversation on the importance of teaching the Holocaust and creating mutual understanding between Muslims and Jews. Dr. Afridi is believed to be the only Muslim teacher of the Holocaust in the US, and likely the world.


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About this episode

Hadassah Presents: Women of Vision broadcasts on TalkLine with Zev Brenner, the flagship program of TalkLine Network. Listen to the show at hadassah.org/radio and, in the New York Metropolitan Area, on WSNR 620 AM Radio.

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi is Associate Professor of Religious studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. She teaches courses on Islam, the Holocaust, Genocide, comparative religion and Feminism. Her articles have appeared in books such as: “A Muslim’s Response to Frank H. Littel” in Legacy of an Impassioned Plea Franklin H. Littel’s Crucifixion of the Jews, Ed. David Patterson, (Paragon Press, 2018); She is the co-editor of a book entitled: Orhan Pamuk and Global Literature: Existentialism and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her recent book Shoah through Muslim Eyes (Academic Studies Press, 2017) was nominated for the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research and the Jacob Schnitzer Book Award. She is currently working on a book, The Wounded Muslim, (Lexington Books, forthcoming) and a co-edited book on “International Approaches to the Holocaust,” (Nebraska University Press, forthcoming). In 2019, she was awarded the Costello Award for teaching excellence in the School of Liberal Arts at Manhattan College. Dr. Afridi obtained her PhD from University of South Africa, her MA and BA from Syracuse University.

Dr. Janice Weinman has nearly 50 years of experience and accomplishments in the not-for-profit and government sectors. In addition to almost a decade as Hadassah’s CEO/Executive Director, she served as President of K.I.D.S., an organization supporting millions of children in need around the world; Corporate Vice President for External Affairs of The Mount Sinai Hospital/NYU Medical Center and Health System in New York City; Executive Director and CEO of the American Association of University Women; and Executive Vice President of the College Board. She was the assistant to the United States Secretary of Education in both the Carter and Clinton administrations and has held professional and volunteer positions at a variety of civic organizations. Dr. Weinman earned an EdD and an MA from Harvard University and a BA from Brandeis University.

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