Making Sense of Yemen: Past, Present, and Future–This Monday!

–Dialogue and Partnership between Diverse Groups and Individuals: It can happen!”

The Detroit Center for Civil Discourse is an organization working towards bringing diverse individuals and communities together to promote mutual understanding through shared interests.

As part of this mission, the DCCD, in conjunction with other local Muslim and Jewish groups will present a program this Monday, February 4th, at 4:00 P.M. in the Wayne State University Student Center 5221 Gullen Mall Rooms Hilberry B & C. Program partners include the JCRC-AJC, the Michigan Muslim Community Council, the Wayne State University Jewish Students Organization, and the Wayne State University Yemen Students Association.A panel of scholars and students seeks to educate and raise awareness about the current situation in Yemen.

The greatest human disaster in the world right now is in Yemen, where 14-20 million civilians are starving to death because of the country’s civil war. Yemen is halfway around the world from the United States, making it difficult for making it difficult for us to focus on its challenges. Yet, United States government’s support for the war involves us as well in this catastrophic situation.

The program will begin with brief initial remarks by DCCD founder Rabbi Asher Lopatin and a welcoming address by Consul General Republic of Yemen Mokhtar Algaadanithe. Following these introductions, there will be a panel featuring a Jewish professor (Professor Howard Lupovitch, Director Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies), a Muslim Senior Lecturer (Professor Saeed Khan, Near East & Asian Studies), a Muslim Yemeni student (Emad Shammakh, Vice President Yemeni American Leadership Association) and a Jewish woman of Yemeni extraction (Ashley Attar, Community Activist & Child of Yemeni Immigrants to Israel). Bringing together these different backgrounds, voices, and perspectives together towards a common goal demonstrates the values of the DCCD.

This event will launch the Wayne State University Civil Discourse Fellowship starting in September.  While the fellowship will be open to all WSU students, it will particularly seek Muslim and Jewish students to build civil discourse amongst these communities.

A Kosher and Halal reception will follow the program.

For further questions, please contact Rabbi Lopatin (

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