ME AN ENEMY
made its theatrical debut in Philadelphia on Thursday, October
3rd at 8:00 PM at the International
(3701 Chestnut Street) in West Philadelphia. This free event
was made possible in part by a Harmony grant from the Leeway
Foundation for projects that promote racial, ethnic and religious
tolerance. The event was also officially co-sponsored by several
local organizations (click here
for a full list of sponsors). For more on the documentary,
The documentary was followed by a panel discussion on "The
Creation of the Enemy in Times of Conflict."
Because the documentary is in many ways, a window into more
complex issues, the panel played an important role in connecting
these issues with what the United States and the world is
experiencing today with our current "war on terror." The panel
also touched on the conflicts in the Middle East and in Africa.
Participants: "The Creation of the Enemy in Times of Conflict"
Ashok Gangadean, Ph.D. - Moderator
As co-founder/co-director of the Global
Dialogue Institute, Ashok works to promoting deep-dialogue
through intercultural, inter-religious understanding and creative
collaboration. Ashok Gangadean is Professor of Philosophy
at Haverford College (Haverford, PA) where he has taught for
the past thirty years. He was the first Director of the Gest
Center for Cross-Cultural Study of Religion at Haverford beginning
in the late l970's. Throughout his career he has been concerned
with testing and clarifying the dynamics of deep dialogue
between worlds. One primary concern has been to clarify the
universal logos or common ground out of which diverse worldviews
are generated and held in mutual relation and interaction.
He finds that this primal logos is at the heart of the dynamics
of human reason and deep dialogue whenever diverse perspectives
engage each other. His book, Meditative Reason: Toward Universal
Grammar (Peter Lang, Revisioning Philosophy Series, l993)
attempts to open the way to global reason, and a companion
volume, Between Worlds: The Emergence of Global Reason (Peter
Lang, l997) further opens the way to global philosophy and
the dialogical common ground between diverse worlds. He is
also the Co-Convener of the World Commission on Global Consciousness
and Spirituality, which brings eminent global leaders together
in sustained deep dialogue.
Former Under Secretary General and Assistant Secretary-General
for Political Affairs at the United Nations
1972 to 1992, Mr. Picco was a UN official (Assistant Secretary
General for Political Affairs being his last position). He
led the operation that brought about the liberation of the
Western hostages from Beirut; was the chief negotiator for
the UN Secretary General on the conclusion of the Iran-Iraq
war and was member of the UN team that negotiated the Geneva
agreement on Afghanistan. In 1999 he was appointed Personal
Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (at
the level of Under-Secretary General) for the UN year of Dialogue
among Civilizations (2001). His own personal account of the
end of the Iran-Iraq war and the liberation of the Western
Hostages from Lebanon was published in May 1999, under the
title: "Man without a gun", by Random House-Times Books. He
is also president of "non-Governmental Peace Strategies Project"
Geneva, Switzerland, a non-profit institute aimed at devising
new vehicles for the private sector to support peace efforts.
Giandomenico Picco is currently Chief Executive Officer of
GDP Associates, Inc. (New York), a consulting company to corporations
seeking to operate or expand their market share in emerging
economies, particularly in the Middle East, and the Balkans.
GDP has also consulted with governmental and research institutions
on the economic situations and political risks of Central
Asia and the Middle East. GDP further consults on economic
matters pertaining to countries under sanctions and/or high
political risk, in addition to oil, gas, and pipeline issues.
Educated in Italy, the US, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic,
Mr. Picco has also received honorary Doctorates from various
Universities in the US and Europe. For his work in Lebanon
he received awards from the Head of States of the US, the
UK, Germany, Italy and Lebanon.
Al-Hassan Conteh, Ph.D.
Research Fellow - Solomon Asch Center for study of Ethnopolitical
Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh is a native of Liberia, West Africa.
His research interests are in conflict, population and health,
regional science, and social-psychological issues. He is currently
a research fellow at the Solomon Asch Center for Study of
Ethno-political Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is writing a book on population, identity and group Dynamics
as factors in the Liberian civil war to be published by the
Edwin Mellen Press. He is currently the president of the Liberian
Studies Association and the editor of the Liberian Studies
Journal, which is produced at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is also collaborating with colleagues on a number of research
projects, including conflict prevention in Africa and education
in emergencies. Dr. Conteh was the Team Leader, for the United
Nations Development Program Country Study Team on the Liberian
Conflict, November, 1997 to November, 1998. He was also the
Project Director, United States Institute for Peace, Alternative
Dispute Resolution (ADR) Curriculum for Post-war Liberian
Institutions (A joint project implemented by the University
of Liberia and Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution,
California State University). February 1997 - 2000. He designed
an ADR Curriculum jointly with U.S. colleagues for Liberian
colleges and high schools and provided community involvement
and support through workshops and focus group discussions
to collect data on the causes of conflict for the achievement
of post war reconciliation and reconstruction efforts in Liberia.
Vice President of Arts and Culture - Search for Common Ground
for Common Ground
Washington, DC works in partnership with The European Centre
for Common Ground in Brussels, to help societies in conflict
find non-adversarial, non-violent solutions to divisive community,
national, and international problems. Our basic operating
principle is to "understand the differences and act on the
Susan Koscis is the Vice President of Arts and Culture for
where she directs the Common Ground Film Festival. Previously
she was the Vice President of Operations at SCG during 1994-2000.
She is an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and a
certified mediator in the State of Virginia. During 1989-1994,
she was the Director of International Projects for the American
Management Association in New York, designing and implementing
management training programs and products for organizations
and corporations world-wide. Ms. Koscis has held a variety
of positions in arts management, including: the San Francisco
Opera, the New York City Opera, the New York Philharmonic,
the Brooklyn Academy of Music, London Records, and CBS Masterworks
(now Sony). While at CBS Records, she produced a classical
music radio program that was heard in the NYC metropolitan
area. Ms. Koscis has an undergraduate degree in music from
the Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford,
and an M.A. in Psychology from George Washington University.
Recent Presentations include:
Univ. of Missouri School of Journalism: "Conflict & Journalism"
2002 Peace, Human Security, & Media Conference, New York:
"Common Ground Media"
2002 US Embassy sponsored tour in India: Role, responsibility,
& impact of media on conflict
2001 Artists for Peace Conference, Stockholm, Sweden: Keynote
2001 Brandeis University: "Media and Conflict"
2000 Gernika Gogoratuz, Basque Spain: "The Role of the Arts
in Conflict Resolution"; & "The Role of the Media in Conflict
2000 Columbia University: "Planning a Career in Conflict Resolution
1999 SPIDR-International Conference: "Peacemaking Here and
Abroad: Using Search for Common Ground Principles" - Panel
1999 NCPCR - National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict
Resolution: "Applying Shuttle Diplomacy Techniques to Domestic
Jack Shaheen, Ph.D.
Author and Media Critic
"Harmful stereotypes do not exist in a vacuum. Continuously
repeated, they denigrate peoples, narrow our vision and distort
reality." -- Jack G. Shaheen, Ph.D.
Internationally acclaimed author and media critic, Dr. Jack
G. Shaheen, is a committed internationalist and a devoted
humanist. A Pittsburgh native and former CBS news consultant
on Middle East Affairs, Dr. Shaheen addresses stereotypical
images of racial and ethnic groups. His writings and lectures
illustrate that stereotypes of Native Americans, Asians, blacks,
Latinos and others, injure innocent people. He explains why
such crude caricatures persist, and provides workable solutions
to help shatter misperceptions. Among Dr. Shaheen's awards
recognizing his "outstanding Contribution towards a better
understanding of our global community" are the University
of Pennsylvania's Janet Lee Stevens Award, and the American
Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's Lifetime Achievement
Award in recognition of "his lifelong commitment to bring
a better understanding towards peace for all mankind." Shaheen
is a recipient of two Fulbright teaching awards. He holds
degrees from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania
State University and the University of Missouri. He regularly
discusses Media stereotypes on national programs and networks
such as CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Nightline, Good
Morning America, 48 Hours, Hardball, and the Today Show.
Dr. Shaheen is the author of four books, the award-winning
Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People; Arab and
Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture; Nuclear War
Films, and The TV Arab. His writings include more than 300
essays in publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal
and The Washington Post to chapters on media stereotypes in
40-plus college textbooks.
Professor Shaheen has given over 1,000 lectures in nearly
all the 50 states and three continents. Oxford, Amherst, Harvard,
Kenyon, the University of Southern California, Emory and Northwestern,
are among those universities which welcome him, as well as
the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has consulted
with the United Nations, the Los Angeles Commission on Human
Relations, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division,
and New York City's Commission on Civil Rights. In cooperation
with the United States Information Service, he conducts communications
seminars throughout the Near East. Shaheen, a Professor of
Mass Communications Emeritus at Southern Illinois University,
serves as a consultant with motion picture and television
companies such as DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera
Productions, and Showtime.
Length: 30 minutes
Format: shot on mini DV and super 8 film, plus archival footage.
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