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Reconciliation as a Key to Societal Healing

WAMC's Linda Norris Auditorium, 339 Central Avenue, Albany
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Seating is limited. To attend, contact Michele Charbonneau at (518) 443-5258 or e-mail

Congressman Paul Tonko; Times Union Editor Rex Smith; and Rabbi Linda Motzkin and Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry, members of the new Capital District Chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam/Shalom, a grassroots organization bringing together Muslim and Jewish women, will explore ways to heal current societal rifts. The program was developed by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of SUNY and will be led by Robert Bullock, senior advisor for external affairs for the Institute.

Conversation on Global Peace and Reconciliation

Rockefeller Institute, 411 State Street, Albany, NY
Friday, April 21, 2017
1:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Seating is limited. To attend, contact Michele Charbonneau at (518) 443-5258 or e-mail

Global peace and reconciliation will be the subject of the remarks by Maher Nasser, director of the outreach division for the United Nations Department of Public Information, and Iman Boukadoum Esq., director of community partnership at the Interfaith Center of New York, a UN-accredited nongovernmental organization (NGO. Maher Nasser served as the director of the outreach division in the United Nations Department of Public Information from April to August 2012. From August 2014 to February 2015, he was acting head of the United Nations' Department of Public Information.

A veteran of the United Nations System for more than 29 years, Mr. Nasser has held various positions in Gaza, Jerusalem, Amman, Cairo, Vienna, and New York City. Additionally, he held different positions in two nongovernmental organizations in Jerusalem before joining the UN.

Ms. Iman Boukadoum Esq. is a social justice attorney and Algerian-American, Muslim woman. Her career began at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. There, she was responsible for policy reforms dealing with immigration and national security issues. She then transitioned to the American Civil Liberties Union's Center for Justice. She went on to work on affirmative and defensive asylum, cancellation of removal, and appellate cases of undocumented migrants.

These two programs are part of a month-long Capital Region-wide series of events, organized by Albany Pro Musica, which will culminate in the chorus's performance of Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace." This iconic choral work outlines the growing menace of war, interspersed with moments of reflection, and ends with the hope for peace.