Thursday 21 April 2016 06:30 pm
Abramson Family Auditorium

Join us at New York University's Abramson Family Auditorium or online on Ustream as this panel will provide an overview of the lessons learned from over twenty years of interacting with Islamic extremism. How do we bridge the gaps in trust and understanding? How do we build dialogue and cooperation on an equal level? What can the arts or other means of cultural interaction contribute to overcoming the bottleneck of dialogue? How can we successfully use social media for such ends? Panelists Courtney A. Beale, enior Director for Global Engagement National Security Council and Special Assistant to the president at the National Security Council and Ben O'Loughlin, Professor of International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London will try to answer these questions.

The panel series Iconoclash has been an enquiry into cultural and value systems connected with terrorism. The project aims to better understand the cultural complexity and role of media in the rise of Islamic extremism, as well as the roles we all play. Extremists’ conquests of regions and cities, whereby they harm people, annihilate memory, remap geopolitics and impose apocalyptic imagery and narratives, universalizes their idea of order and submission. Their apocalyptic imagery and declamations are propagated through social media and have gained international attraction and relevance. This series asks: what is actually needed to achieve lasting peace in this region of the world and with its inhabitants?

This panel concludes the series Iconoclash 2015/2016, organized by EUNIC Washington DC in collaboration with the British Council and supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the US.

Can't make it? Watch live online at Ustream.

Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.