Entries by Suzanne Ross

Islam and Violence: Debunking the Myths with Dr. Asma Afsaruddin

“Imagine if Muslims and non-Muslims alike embraced the incredible witness to peace and nonviolence that characterized the first generations of followers of Muhammad.” Suzanne Ross will host Dr. Asma Afsaruddin in dialogue on Friday, Oct. 28 at 1 PM CT, and you’re invited to the discussion. We will not only imagine an interfaith witness to peace; with your help, we will embody one!

Parenting During a Political Crisis

In this time of political crisis, Suzanne Ross cautions us not to elevate our own suffering above that of others. When we claim the mantle of “greatest victim,” we insulate ourselves from the needs of others, exasperating our divisions rather than healing. Here are 3 ways to elevate the political discourse as we guide our children, and ourselves, through these trying times.

Democracy, Violence and the Risk of Tyranny: An Interview with Prof. Paul Dumouchel

This Wednesday, October 12, at 7:00pm Central Time, Suzanne Ross will interview Dr. Paul Dumouchel on violence, tyrrany, and terrorism in the context of the 2016 election. “The global world is a world of global violence,” Prof. Dumouchel warns, and we would be served well by recognizing the new challenges that face those working for peace and justice. Don’t miss this pivotal conversation!

A Message to White America About How to Decide If You’ll See “The Birth of A Nation”

Whether or not “Birth of a Nation” actor and writer Nate Parker is guilty of rape or any crime or moral failing, he may still be scapegoated, Suzanne Ross explains. “If white America so easily condemns Parker for refusing to acknowledge his crime, yet we continue to deny the ongoing legacy of racism and its effect on African-Americans, then it may be that we are guilty of the very thing we accuse Parker – perpetrating violence and denying our guilt.”

Reading the Classics in Prison with Andrew McKenna

“Mimetic theory is a no brainer,” states a student of Andrew McKenna, in an essay written within the confines of prison. The anthropological truth of mimetic theory, exposed in Scripture and expressed in literature, is deeply understood by prisoners. Suzanne Ross introduces us to Professor Andrew McKenna and his compassionate outreach to prisoners through his teaching of African American classics as they “unveil the sacrificial dynamics that propel myriad forms of racial oppression.”

Conning Racism: Reflections on “The Black Slot”

“If you pander to racists, are you a racist?” “If you fall in love with a liar, is the love true or false?” How do we deal with issues of denial and self-deception, especially if we don’t know or can’t admit that we are deceived? Suzanne Ross explore these questions in the post-show discussion for “The Black Slot” at AstonRep Theater on September 18th.