On March 11, four organizations co-hosted an event called Religious Extremism in the Marshall Students Center at the University of South Florida. This even consisted of a panel of speakers all representing different religions explaining the difference in what religion is and what extremism is. The point of this event was to bring light to events that have been happening around the world, due to religious extremism actions.
At the Marshall Student Center, guests attend the Muslim Students Association‘s Religious Extremism event on March 11, 2015. They participated in a circle exercise of certain scenarios involving religious extremism. As each scenario was presented, the participants were asked to enter the circle if an event has affected their life in some way. Photo by Ashley Harnish.
After the exercise, the discussion starts, detailing different types of religions and the extreme points that each one may be associated with. Photo by Ashley Harnish.
The panel of speakers, Religious Studies professors, USF department heads, council chair members and campus organizations, provide neutral answers during the event. Photo by Ashley Harnish.
The audience engages in the discussion portion of this event after listening to the questions presented to the panel of speakers. Photo by Ashley Harnish.
Muslim students Reena, Zuina and Lari listen to the discussions from the back of the room as most seats were taken toward the front. Photo by Ashley Harnish.
Omega Phi Beta president prompts questions for the panel and opens up the floor to questions from the audience for further discussion. Photo by Ashley Harnish.
The panel of speakers, from left, Professor Mozella Mitchell from the Department of Religious Studies; Clay Cullaton from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; Director of Council of American Islamic Relations Hassan Shibly and Jesse Davidson from Alpha Epsilon Pi answer questions from the audience. Photo by Ashley Harnish.
After the panel, top from left, Clay Cullaton, Hassan Shibly and Jesse Davidson meet with representatives from Omega Phi Beta, bottom from left, Cynthia Perez, Luz Peguero and Yanil Muñoz as well as Delta Phi Omega member Amber and Alpha Epsilon Pi member Ryan. Photo by Ashley Harnish.