Charter of CompassionJohn Esposito is American professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Esposito is Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.Previously, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, College of the Holy Cross. He is the author of over 45 books. Esposito's interviews and articles with newspapers, magazines, and the media in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Guardian, The Times of London, CNN, ABC Nightline, CBS, NBC, and the BBC. John is a major contributor to the Charter's Islamophobia Guide Book. Please join the Charter for a special weeklong series of presentations during World Interfaith Harmony Week, inspired with the work of Muslim-Christian dialog. We are exploring the need for developing compassion to understand and benefit from a world that is marked by diversity and pluralism—in life forms, in cultural patterns, in faith pathways, in physical characteristics like skin color and body shapes. Among the topics we will grapple with in these calls: The value of engaging with the "other" Embracing pluralism: how to celebrate diversity while cultivating culture Responding to fundamentalism: politics and religion When bigotry becomes normalized How to represent a community not our own (For example, Christians confronting Islamophobia, straight people supporting gay, lesbian and transgender communities) While our primary focus will be on topics related to Islamophobia—and we will continue to update our Guide Book (here), we will look for opportunities to make connection with other issues, including racism, Mideast tensions, gender equality and gender identity.