On September 22, the San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) hosted “Shared Differences: A Conversation About Antisemitism and Islamophobia in the U.S.” at UC San Diego Park & Market. The event highlighted the ways in which “hatriotism,” or the belief that diversity and inclusiveness is an anti-American ideal, and the mainstreaming of white supremacist thoughts have affected not only our Muslim and Jewish communities, but all of our democratic institutions.
The event featured a panel discussion moderated by NCRC’s President, Steven P. Dinkin. Panelists were Imam Abdullah Antepli, an associate professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy with a secondary appointment at the Divinity School, and Bret Stephens, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and editor-in-chief of Sapir. Thanks to the building’s advanced audio-visual capabilities, the conversation was available both in-person and as a national live stream. Check out the full event video here.
NCRC provides resources, training and expertise to help people, organizations and communities manage and solve conflicts with civility. The organization seeks to empower individuals and transform cultures by turning conflict into resolution. “Shared Differences: A Conversation About Antisemitism and Islamophobia in the U.S.” was part of the organization’s A Path Forward series, a convening of national thought leaders paired with NCRC’s tools and resources to give audience members the skills they need to be upstanders in their communities.
Because of its work across the country, NCRC is uniquely qualified to convene national audiences to address our society’s biggest issues. Since launching its A Path Forward initiative as a national dialogue series in 2020, NCRC has hosted discussions with experts including Ibram X. Kendi, Robin DiAngelo, Wesley Lowery and Arthur Brooks. UC San Diego Park & Market was proud to join NCRC in its efforts to tackle societal issues through dialogue and connection.
This event was an honor to host at Park & Market, because the building’s mission represents the university’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion by learning from and connecting with the cultural heritage of our region. Park & Market was purpose-built to serve as a social and intellectual hub, spark connections and provide access to multidisciplinary and culturally informed art and science, technology, civic engagement and lifelong learning.
From theaters to conferencing space, classrooms to galleries, Park & Market welcomes the opportunity to host creative collaborations, exhibitions, cultural events, and more. Events and programs like A Path Forward invite the public to engage in learning opportunities and thought-provoking discussions alongside our region’s leaders and experts.
As a Park & Market resident partner, NCRC is part of a unique group of tenants at the building, such as Burnham Center for Community Advancement, Connect, Digital Gym Cinema, San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce (SDBCC) and San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), who join the university in serving as catalysts for sustainable community growth and change by building a diverse talent pipeline and cultivating the skills necessary to successfully compete in today’s global innovation economy.