"Divided We Fall" by Tracy Wells

March 15, 2006

Source: Furman Magazine


On March 15, 2006 Furman Magazine released an article written by Pluralism Project researcher Tracy Wells about her work as communications director for the film "Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath," a documentary about hate crimes against Sikh, Muslim and Arab Americans in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Tracy is a 2003 alumna of Furman University. She writes, "While at Furman, I realized the importance of interfaith dialogue through a fall 2001 course on Islam � and through conversations about faith with a fellow student who happened to be Muslim. Subsequently, I founded a student organization for dialogue between students of different religions called 'Interfaith@Furman.' Since those days I have been a strong advocate of dialogue, especially dialogue across real disagreements and differences. It is too easy to demonize and caricaturize the 'other' � whether that be someone who is of a different religion, political perspective or race � if one never interacts with the 'other' but instead remains in an isolated, segregated, homogenous world. This concern for dialogue impacts and informs my work with Divided We Fall."