Choosing to Participate Opening Celebration and Symposium
Choosing to Participate Opening,
February 23, 2011
5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.
Friends, educators, and community members are invited to join us to celebrate the opening of Choosing to Participate
, tour the exhibition, and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.Symposium
Give Bigotry No Sanction: Exploring Religious Freedom and Democracy
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m."To bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance"
—So wrote George Washington in a landmark letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island in 1790. Inspired by Washington's defense of religious liberty, Facing History now begins a public dialogue on the nature of citizenship, religious freedom, and equality in a democracy.
Symposium speakers include President of NYU John Sexton, co-founder and Executive Director of the American Islamic Congress Zainab Al-Suwaij, Director of the Religious Freedom Education Project Dr. Charles Haynes, and Adam Strom, Director of Content, Research and Development, Facing History and Ourselves.
The Walmart Foundation is the national sponsor of Choosing to Participate
and has generously provided support for Washington, D.C. and the five city national tour. This event is co-hosted by Facing History and Ourselves, New York University, and NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and is sponsored by the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom.