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SARID Organizes in-house and web-based opportunities for the direct exchange of knowledge and experience regarding specific sustainable development concerns, solutions, projects and programs for researchers, practitioners and decision makers.

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Interfaith Dialogue

We organize & mediate discussions between different communities to promote understanding & tolerance.

Mapping the Road to Co-existence: Could Abrahamic dialogue open the path to peace?

Professor Akbar Ahmed

We recently co-sponsored an event in the Anti-Defamation League Speaker Series Hate & Hope, by Professor Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies & Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington D.C., and advisor to SARID.

Other organizations involved included the American Islamic Congress, American Jewish Committee and Jewish Community Relations Council.

Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

By Akbar Ahmed


US Communications with Muslim Communities at Home & Abroad

Plenary Meeting, June 12-13, 2003, Washington D.C., USA



SARID participated in a meeting organized by the Center for the Study of the Presidency (CSP) designed to bring together individuals with different areas of expertise for an exchange on how to strengthen U.S. communications with Muslim communities. Presentations and associated discussions included Best Practices and Technologies for Communications, The Globalization of Religions, Principle Sources of Anti-Americanism in the Muslim World, & U.S. Presence Abroad: Power, Principle, and Perceptions.

English Language Courses

Teaching basic skills to recent Asian immigrants in the USA as a model for similar work in South Asia

Dr. Jilani Warsi

EN01 Basic English, Dr. Jilani Warsi

Course Description

This course is designed to help students with a minimal level of proficiency to become more fluent and clear in writing, reading, speaking, and listening. From basic vocabulary development and pronunciation through the study of fundamental grammatical structures, successful students in this course will acquire a mastery of basic English. In order to gain greater insight into American culture, students will need to examine and present different points of view, argue for them, listen to others, and mutually refine ideas. Writing and presentation assignments are designed to help students find their voices in English through exploring public places, personal experiences, and responding to the experiences of others.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. increase fluency in thinking in English, and in reading and writing, listening and speaking.
2. develop an understanding of basic grammar and vocabulary.
3. develop skills in presenting and understanding points of view.
4. develop an ability to use knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in real situations.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Other Courses by Jilani Warsi:
61.901 Language Structures, Costa Rica

Cultural Bridges

We organize events about South Asian communities to disseminate information & further understanding.

Sohni Dharti : Beautiful Lan


SARID co-sponsored an evening hosted by the PAGB (Pakistani Association of Greater Boston) on the land & culture of Pakistan. The program included the screening of three short documentaries, One of which won a Silver Award at the Sony Film Festival (1999). A discussion with the director Huma Beg, was followed by a sitar recital by Pakistani artiste Ikhlaq Husein.


This event was also co-sponsored by PAKSMIT (Pakistani Association of students at MIT).

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Huma Beg & Serendip Productions, Pakistan
Serendip Productions, Pakistan
Serendip joins Asia Pacific VRC network (TVE 2002)
1st Karafilm Festival (2001)
UN: Net narrows gender gap (Wired, 2000)
SMEs: the UN Global Compact

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