Collegial & Community Programs on MULTIFAITH ENCOUNTER

Securing Human Connections: Displaying Empathy and Cultural Competency in and beyond the Galleries


Hosted by Harvard University Art Museums








Co-sponsored by the International Council of Museums' Committee for Museum Security

Museum security professionals shoulder a tremendous responsibility to guard and protect the invaluable artifacts, priceless historical treasures, thought-provoking interactive displays, and one-of-a-kind works that enable us to tell our stories, expand our knowledge horizons and make sense of our world. Yet, each person’s inherent human dignity is just as worthy of being secured as these objects. Highlighting techniques for avoiding identity-based shame and the accompanying social pain, Ms. Ibrahim invites attendees to reflect deeply on the impact of stereotyping and implicit biases on museum patrons and security team members alike. Through thoughtful, empathetic, and effective security practices, visitors and team members are ensured a positive and memorable museum experience. 

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, Fueled by Grit

Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, Celene Ibrahim, and Curator Peggy Burchenal in Conversation


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Talkback with photographer Claire Beckett and Muslim Scholar Celene Ibrahim


Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston

Multiple Choice: Exploring Religious Plurality Through Rev. 23, a New Opera, Rev. 23

 by Cerise Jacobs

Talkback: Hoodwinked, by playwright Emily Mann, McCarter Theatre, Princeton University

Fostering Engagement

with the Arts

Dr. Ibrahim has been involved in dozens of programs to increase Jewish-Muslim collaboration, mutual learning, and dialogue on difficult issues. From the Drisha Institute in New York City, to synagogues across New England, Celene finds a passion in connecting across difference to find common ground and a deeper recognition of the humanity of all peoples. 

Initiatives in Jewish-Muslim Relations 

Parenting as a Spiritual Journey:

Jewish & Muslim Perspectives


Fall 2018, Wayland, Massachusetts 

Dr. Celene Ibrahim, Tufts University

Rabbi Or Rose, Hebrew College


Course Description:

This interactive seminar provides participants the opportunity to reflect together on the joys and challenges of parenting from Muslim and Jewish perspectives. Our journey will be grounded in the study of classical and modern religious sources, as well as other relevant materials from the fields of psychology, sociology, and popular culture. In our discussions, we will explore specific dimensions of parenting, including issues related to Jewish and Muslim experiences as minority groups in the United States. 


Dr. Ibrahim has been involved in dozens of programs to promote the values of pluralism, diversity, and inclusion in cooperation with a host of institutions including boarding schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and youth organizations. She has a passion for mentoring university students to be social entrepreneurs and agents of positive change.


Seminar: The Female Voice in the Qur'an 


From mothers-to-be and their angelic interlocutors to the gossiping accomplices of a politician’s guilty wife, this workshop examines the female voice throughout the Qur'an. We explore the values and virtues that Qur'anic female speech imparts and investigate how women's interactions with the divine and angelic realm compare and contrast to men's. Through such explorations, we identify how females assert political, religious, and other types of epistemic authority. 



Promoting Pluralism in


©2016 by Celene Ibrahim