Treating Bigotry and Racism as Public Health Hazards

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Treating Bigotry and Racism as Public Health Hazards

14 maart, 18:30 - 20:45


Dr. Altaf Husain bezoekt ons in Nederland! Dr. Altaf Husain zet zich al jaren in voor de belangen en behoeften van moslimstudenten. Zo is hij voor twee termijnen voorzitter geweest van MSA National in de Verenigde Staten van Amerika, is hij de vicevoorzitter van the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) en de vicevoorzitter van het Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research.

Op woensdag 14 maart verzorgt hij een Engelstalige lezing met als titel: “Treating Bigotry and Racism as Public Health Hazards”. In deze lezing belicht hij de risico’s die racisme en intolerantie meebrengen voor de publieke gezondheid van met name minderheidsgroepen. Na de lezing is er ruimte voor interactie vanuit het publiek om samen tot concrete stappen te komen om deze risico’s het hoofd te bieden.

Dr. Altaf Husain is visiting us in the Netherlands! For many years he has been at the forefront of empowering Muslim students. He was a two term president of MSA National in the United States of America and currently acts as the vice president of both the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research.

On Wednesday the 14th of March he will give us an English lecture titled  “Treating Bigotry and Racism as Public Health Hazards”. In this lecture he analyzes the risks that Bigotry and Racism pose for the public health of especially minority groups within society. Directly after the lecture there will be room for interaction with the audience to come to concrete ways in which we can mitigate and perhaps even eliminate these risks.

Description of the event:

Bigotry and racism are not new, but within the last decade, there has been an emergence of a very public manifestation of hatred directed especially at minority groups based on their national origin and racial backgrounds. The response of nations can and should include strategies to promote harmony among people of diverse backgrounds. However, increasingly there are signs of very serious consequences of bigotry and racism on the behavioural and physical health of minority groups. Without acknowledging bigotry and racism as emerging threats to public health, any strategies to address these threats will be short-sighted and incomplete. There is also much that can be done at the individual level by acknowledging our own bias and hatred towards people of different backgrounds. This dialogue will allow for the consideration of some of these challenges with a goal of discussing individual steps that can be taken to at least mitigate the impact if not eliminate bigotry and racism entirely.


14 maart
18:30 - 20:45


MSA Nederland


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1081 HV Nederland
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