I am now able to provide complete information about our next JIDS dialogue.  The dialogue will be on Sunday, June 30th from 2:30 – 5:15 p.m, and will be held at the Islamic Center of Maryland, 19411 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20879.   The session will be devoted to the hot topics of violence and fanaticism.  Our two speakers are both experts in the field.  But be assured that, as always, there will be plenty of time for the community to weigh in on the subject (if you like organizations where grey eminences lecture and the “audience” sits still like potted plants, JIDS is NOT the organization for you).

Professor Jing Lin will be giving a talk entitled “The ‘Angry Young Men’ Today: Problems in Education and Culture, and Solutions.”  Jing is Professor in International Education Policy at University of Maryland. She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan. She has done extensive research on peace education and environmental education, which result in books entitled Love, Peace and Wisdom in Education: Vision for Education in the 21st Century (2006), Educators as Peace Makers: Transforming Education for Global Peace (2008), Spirituality, Religion, and Peace Education (2010), and Transformative Eco-Education for Human and Planetary Survival (2012). She is the co-editor of two book series, one on Peace Education, and the other on Transforming Education for the Future.  She teaches courses on Education for Global Peace, Ecological Ethics and Education, World Religions and Implications for Education, Culture and Education in a Global Context, Gender and Education, International Higher Education, and Modes of Inquiry.   Jin will be joined in her presentation by one of her students at the University of Maryland.

Rabia Chaudry will be giving a presentation on “Violent extremism and Issues Related to Radicalization among Muslims.”   Rabia is an attorney and President and founder of the Safe Nation Collaborative.  Her firm provides Countering Violence Extremism (CVE) and cultural competency training to law enforcement, correctional, and homeland security officials, and national security and CVE training to Muslim communities and institutions. To date, Safe Nation has worked with the US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Justice, the National Counter Terror Center, the Maryland State Police and Correctional Officer Training Commission, and local law enforcement agencies across the region.   Rabia is also a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and a member of the Board  of the ACLU of Maryland.   For many years, she has been an advocate in the American Muslim community on the grassroots level, working to correct misconceptions and build interfaith relationships.