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‘Islam’ Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday October 31st, John Quinlan subbing for Tonya Brito interviewed Amitabh Pal about his recent book, “‘Islam’ Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today.” Amitabh Pal is the editor of The Progressive magazine and co-editor of The Progressive Media Project. As part of his work with The Progressive, he has had the opportunity to speak with many brilliant minds including Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama, and Joseph Stiglitz. His work has been used in school and college textbooks and he has appeared on the BBC, C-SPAN and on several radio stations. Pal holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in political science, specializing in international relations and comparative relations, from North Carolina State University. Pal will be featured at this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival (November 7-11). He will be speaking at the series “Being Muslim: Living and Learning,” on Wednesday November 7th in the Promenade Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts.  ”‘Islam’ Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today provides a rebuttal to general misperceptions about the religion by documenting its rich tradition of nonviolence. To that end, the book examines the sources of Islam—the Qur’an, the main religious text of Islam, and the Hadith, the deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. It contests the prevalent notion that Islam is built on violence in part by illuminating the role of the tolerant, mystical tradition of Sufism in Islam, while at the same time examining the misunderstood place of jihad in the religion. The book is not, however, a historical or theological treatise. Rather, it focuses on the tradition of nonviolence in modern Muslim societies. By spotlighting recent peaceful protest movements in Muslim communities, the book underscores the truly global and multicultural nature of the Islamic tradition of nonviolence. The findings here will be invaluable for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, revealing an alternative tradition both can embrace.” Read more about the book: Learn more about the Wisconsin Book Festival: Listen to the entire show: more »

The University of Wisconsin Human Resources Strategic Plan

Monday, 29 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday October 29th, host John Quinlan provided an alternate perspective to the University of Wisconsin Human Resources Strategic Plan. Having already aired programs addressing the concerns and critiques of different groups regarding the HR restructuring, John decided to go to the source and interview Bob LaVigna, Director of Human Resources at the UW-Madison, to better understand the reasons behind the changes being made. John also spoke with Mark Walters and Harry Webne-Behrman from the UW HR Department. The University of Wisconsin Interim Chancellor David Ward stated of the plan: The HR Design project represents an unprecedented effort involving OHR, campus governance groups, labor organizations and other university stakeholders to redefine the university’s approach to human resources. We recognize the project’s strong commitment to participation and dialogue as central to creating an HR system tailored to our values, culture and organization… Eleven groups of employees—representing governance groups, labor organizations, administration, classified staff, HR practitioners and other stakeholders—came together in spring semester 2012 to analyze the full range of human resources practices on our campus and to make recommendations for improvement. Their commitment and hard work, supported by the project’s Collaboration, Change Management, Communication and Data Analysis teams, formed the core of this plan. We thank them for their effort, positive spirit and courage in tackling complex and sometimes controversial topics. We also thank the thousands of people from all segments of our campus community who participated in the process and shared their perspectives. The opportunities and initiatives presented in the plan are ambitious and will require changes to our policies, processes, technology and, in some cases, our culture. Many details remain to be clarified, but this document provides a trajectory for improvement. We look forward to ongoing engagement with campus on these important topics. Although many at the University are optimistic about the new HR restructuring, many have significant concerns. During this hour of A Public Affair, callers were able to ask the head of the HR Department himself about the benefits and drawbacks of the changes being made. To view the new plan: Listen to the entire program: more »

“The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine”

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday October 22nd, John Quinlan shared a compelling and thought-provoking conversation with Miko Peled, an Israeli peace activist and author of “The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.”   Son of an Israeli war hero general who was an outspoken proponent on behalf of peace and a Palestinian state following the 1967 war, Miko was challenged in his beliefs in 1997 when his 12-year-old niece was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber. The path of exploration and reconciliation he and family members took was a surprising one, filled with fascinating insights.   More on Miko Peled’s remarkable story at his website: He will be speaking at the UW-Madison on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm, AT&T Lounge, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. For more information, email or call 608-215-9157     Listen to the entire program: more »

“As Goes Janesville”

Monday, 15 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday October 15th, host John Quinlan held a fascinating conversation with guest Brad Lichtenstein, director/producer of “As Goes Janesville.” They were joined by Dane County supervisor Jenni Dye, a veteran of the WI Capitol Uprising, and a native of Janesville. According to the film’s website, “Janesville, Wisconsin is not unlike a lot of Midwestern blue-collar, middle-class towns in America. Since the economy began its nosedive in 2008, Janesville residents, civic leaders, and businesses have been plunged into an extended cycle of hardship and uncertainty. And like other towns in other states across the nation, Janesville has found itself at a crossroads: As a place with more people than jobs, how can it reinvent and restore itself, and at what cost? … And then in 2010, the midterm election campaigns hit high gear, and perhaps nowhere did they reverberate more widely than in Wisconsin. Scott Walker, a young and fiery politician in Milwaukee, captured the GOP endorsement for governor with a platform focused on repairing Wisconsin’s battered economy and creating a quarter million jobs using deep cuts in the capital gains tax, incentives for small businesses, and rolling back spending on state spending — including measures to restrict the collective bargaining rights of public employees such as firefighters, teachers, and police officers. Walker, who gave out “Wisconsin: Open for Business!” campaign bumper stickers, was swept into office by a hefty margin, and quickly introduced his “budget repair bill” in early 2011. The bill passed, but not before the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison was besieged by protestors and the Democratic members of the legislature (including Janesville’s representative Tim Cullen) fled the state in an attempt to block it. Meanwhile in Janesville, there is ambivalence. A pro-business agenda at the state level is a relief to the local “ambassadors of optimism.” Those who have been lifelong autoworkers and union-members are nervous about wagering hard-won labor rights for a so-far speculative economic resurgence. But everybody in Janesville is eager for something — anything — that might help them keep their community in one piece. The story of Janesville is a parable for cities large and small across the United States. In this era of economic challenge and ideological polarization, how might we redefine the American Dream?” Read more about the film at: visit the film’s website which includes online viewing options, and future film showing information: Listen to the entire interview: more »

Racial Justice Summit

Monday, 8 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday October 8th, host John Quinlan spoke with special guest Julia Freeman, Senior Organizer for Racial Justice Organizing at the Minneapolis-based Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP), about Racial Justice and Labor Organizing. She has worked as a labor organizer for over 12 years, most recently as organizing director for SEIU Local 26. She has a long history of involvement and leadership in community organizing efforts, and will be a leader in the YWCA’s Racial Justice Summit, which runs from October 15-16 at the Monona Terrace. “Each year, the YWCA Madison hosts a racial justice summit that brings together community stakeholders to work on eliminating barriers that foster racism in our community. The Summit focuses on institutional racism and involves nationally-known keynote speakers and researchers, as well as local experts and advocates. Through an environment that encourages learning from and supporting each other in our common goals, the summit provides a platform for action planning and community dialogue.” – YWCA Madison   The YWCA generously donated two tickets to see the Keynote Speaker, Melissa Harris-Perry, as a pledge premium for the WORT Fall Pledge Drive.   “Melissa V. Harris-Perry is host of MSNBC’s show: “Melissa Harris-Perry.” Ms. Harris-Perry is also professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University. Professor Harris-Perry is author of the well received new book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America which argues that persistent harmful stereotypes—invisible to many but painfully familiar to black women—profoundly shape black women’s politics, contribute to policies that treat them unfairly, and make it difficult for black women to assert their rights in the political arena. Her first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.” -YWCA Madison Read more about the Racial Justice Summit: Listen to the entire interview: more »

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