Abdulelah Alalsheik retraces the history of Islam and debunks some misconceptions about this religion.
"Presentation of the Day" on March 16, 2015.
The media has the power to brand a city either good, bad, or ugly, and with Chicago's increasing youth violence, only the bad and ugly are seem to be reported. Kelly Fair, an educator who grew up on the South side, does not share their view. She believes in the goodness of the city. Through her Polished Pebbles project, she shows how girls in Chicago can be inspired to achieve success when given love and opportunity.
Lisa Wenger's work is a quest for truth in a digital age. As viewers, we are constantly bombarded with images of perfection, which are often so beautiful that they have become grotesque. She chooses to emphasize and praise imperfections in her portraits rather than allow media to persuade us that only perfection is beautiful.
Photographer Fumiaki Yamazaki is an artist behind the camera lens, and tries to capture the beauty that is in the nature around him. "The Truth of a Moment" is his inspiration that keeps his photos and art, honest but unique.
"Presentation of the Day" on October 10, 2014.
Mueid Al Raee is interested in the connection of philosophy and religion. He talks about the influences that shaped Spinoza’s work on philosophy, religion, and understanding the nature of God.
Mueid presents Averroes as an important character in the story of secularism. Averroes is often referred to as the father of European Secularism. Mueid argues that religion played an important role in the formulation of the philosophy of secularism as we know it today in Europe.
His message is that we should challenge the ideas that consider secularism and religion as opposites.
There is a lot of depate about facts and truth today, but did you know that truth seekers of all stripes (scientific & artistic) share the same process in their pursuit? Inspired by Arthur Koestler's book "The Act of Creation," Michael Neelsen will share how all scientific discovery & artistic creativity boils down to a process of combining two or more variables to create something new.
Kathrina Md Daud, a lecturer in the University of Brunei Darussalam, explains why she no longer wears the wrap-around head accessory that many have labeled as the symbol of a muslim woman's everlasting faith. From discussing in a feminist book club that she and a friend started to writing and acting in a monologue play with an all-female cast, Kathrina explored and delivered her reasons to the public of why the headscarf is no longer a valid reason to show her belief in Islam.
Elephants are magnificent creatures that capture our attention, but why? Elephant ambassador Alexander Leonard reveals personal stories and valuable information about these captivating beings and the help that they need in their environment.