Chautauqua Institution is a privileged place — neighbors can leave their doors unlocked and children can play in the streets with no one worries and no crime. But outside of these gates, Karen Armstrong said, and outside of other privileged places in the United States and Great Britain, violence rages on.
Throughout the 2013 Season, select speakers at Chautauqua Institution — specifically chaplains in residence — have cast technological innovation in a pessimistic light. But it is not the criticism of smartphones and video games that is problematic. Rather, it is the sheer lack of a response to this criticism which serves as a reminder: The Institution has historically offered very little programming on technology and culture.
Passion for interfaith education runs through Amineh Hoti’s blood. Her grandfather believed a perspective beyond Islam was important from a young age, forcing his grandchildren to participate in a Convent of Jesus and Mary in Pakistan.
Hoti’s father grew up in India before the partition in 1947, where he lived among Hindus, Christians and Muslims coexisting in peace. He has since focused his life on understanding other systems of belief.
Decades later, Hoti follows the same passion. She is the co-founder and director of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations at the University of Cambridge, which was the first of its kind.