On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, CAIR-Chicago will be hosting award winning playwright Jamil Khoury, Artistic Director of Chicago-based Silk Road Rising, a theater company that aims to shed light on Asian American and Middle Eastern American communities. It creates both live theater and online videos that use art to bring people together, engage in public discourse and increase civic engagement.
At the event, Khoury will introduce his latest work in progress, “Mosque Alert,” and share select video clips from the groundbreaking new play development and civic engagement process he has created online. Khoury’s talk will address questions of religious pluralism, Islamophobia, and civil rights, drawing upon local, national, and international contexts.
“Mosque Alert” explores resistance to the building of mosques in communities across the U.S. with a specific focus on two families, one Muslim, the other Christian, living in Naperville, IL. In May, 2013, “Mosque Alert” received the “ChangeMaker Award” from Washington, D.C. based nonprofit SAALT in recognition of the project’s contributions towards creating a socially just environment for Muslim Americans.
After the presentation, audience will be invited to participate in a talk-back with Khoury and to share their personal experiences and comment upon the fictional environment created in “Mosque Alert.”
WHAT: CAIR-Chicago to host award winning playwright Jamil Khoury, Artistic Director of Chicago-based Silk Road Rising
WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 5:30-7:30 P.M.
WHERE: 17 North State Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois, 60602
To attend the event, please RSVP here.