INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ISLAM AND MEDIA


Through a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, on April 2-3, 2009, the Religion, Media and Inter- national Affairs Project (RMIA) hosted the international symposium “Old and New Media, and the Changing Faces of Islam.” The conference was a culminating event for the three-year project and investigated the reciprocal influences of the press, religion and political power in the Muslim world.

The keynote speaker was award-winning former CBS News Middle East correspondent and author Larry Pintak. Other participants included American University of Beirut scholar and editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star, Rami Khouri; former Reuters correspondent Jonathan Lyons; BBC correspondent Roger Hardy; vice chairman of Al Hayat Television of Egypt, Hafez Al-Mirazi; head of Al Jazeera Television, Abderrahim Foukara; and renowned scholars Toby Jones and R.S. Zaharna. The project’s directors, Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Gustav Niebuhr and Nancy Snow, moderated four panel discussions: “Covering” Islam; Media and its Constituency; Public Diplomacy toward the Muslim World; and Muslim Media’s Different Take. Other notable attendees included the visiting fellows from the Middle East and North Africa through the Leaders for Democracy program at the Maxwell School for Citizenship & Public Affairs.

The initiative’s long-term goal is to build an international network of journalists, policymakers, schol- ars and practitioners who work to impart a critical understanding of the interaction between religion, media and international relations.

To see the paper abstracts and the video of the conference please visit http://sites.maxwell.syr.edu/ luce/index.html