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The Sidney and Beatrice Albert Inter-Faith Lectureship Program was founded at The College of Saint Rose to preserve and develop the qualities of compassion and religious tolerance embodied by the late Sidney and Beatrice Albert. The program, which brings notable speakers to the Saint Rose campus each year, is designed to encourage understanding and dialogue among people of different religious backgrounds and faiths.

Sidney and Beatrice Albert

Sidney and Beatrice Albert, lifelong residents of Albany were probably best known for their generosity and work on behalf of the poor, the disabled and other less fortunate people.

Over the years, the Albert’s actively gave to all kinds of organizations and individuals regardless of ethnic and religious affiliation. As a result of his concern and generosity for the people of the Capital Region, Sidney Albert received the Endowment Achievement Award by the Council of Jewish Federations of North America in 1987 and the Humanitarian Award by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith in 1988.

The Sidney Albert Inter-Faith Lectureship Program

Spring 2018

The Rise of Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Solutions and Challenges with Dr. Mehnaz M. Afrid

About Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi:

Dr. Afridi is an Associate Professor of Religious studies and Director of Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. She is committed to interfaith, and the Holocaust education. She teaches contemporary Islam, Holocaust, Genocide and issues of gender within Islam. Her articles have appeared in books such as; “Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an as Literature and Culture”, (Brill, 2006). “Not Your father’s Anti-Semitism: Hatred of the Jews in the 21st Century” (Paragon House, 2008). “Gurdwara Sikh Killings: Domestic or Global Taxonomy of Terrorism?” (Taylor & Francis, 2013). “The Role of Muslims and the Holocaust” in Oxford Handbooks Online, (Oxford University Press, 2015). She is the co-editor of a book entitled: “Orhan Pamuk and Global Literature: Existentialism and Politics” (May 2012, Palgrave Macmillan), and her recent book is entitled “Shoah through Muslim Eyes” (Academic Studies Press, 2017).

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