“We’re excited to celebrate Prof. Syeed’s work and Claremont School of Theology’s commitment to being the kind of place that encourages her vocation,” said Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen, Auburn’s Vice President of Applied Research and the Center for the Study of Theological Education.
“Our [Walter Wink] awards selection committee keeps a list of nationally known scholar-activists, which is a somewhat rare hybrid,” said Scharen. “After reviewing this year’s possibilities, we unanimously choose Prof. Syeed, both on the strength of her long record of peace building, and also the importance of her voice at this critical moment in the history of our nation. She and last year’s awardee, Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, are some of the most prominent scholarly voices addressing Islamophobia in America.”
As a part of the award ceremonies, Dr. Singh interviewed Prof. Syeed about her work. You can read their interview in Auburn’s Voices.
Director of Claremont School of Theology’s Center for Global Peacebuilding, Syeed’s track record as a peacemaker and critical peace researcher has made her a sought out advisor. She has served as an on-the-ground peace interventionist in conflicts around the globe, and her peace and justice work has been the subject of numerous news reports and documentaries, including NBC’s broadcast of “Waging Peace: Muslim and Christian Alternatives.”
Auburn President Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson will present the Third Annual Walter Wink Scholar-Activist Award during a reception at the American Academy of Religion’s annual meeting in Boston, with a brief talk by Prof. Najeeba Syeed to follow. All are welcome to network, celebrate, and enjoy the hospitality on Monday, Nov. 20 – 6:00 PM-7:30 PM, Westin Copley Place-St. George A-B (Third Level).