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Third Space Thoughts to Policy is the official podcast for the Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) program at IIIT, the International Institute of Islamic Thought. The purpose of our podcast (Third Space Thoughts to Policy) is to hear from experts and stakeholders in the field of education policy reform including policy advisors, governmental officials, academics, teachers, and parents. For IIIT's Mapping the Terrain Research Department, education is not just about mastering arithmetic and literacy, but improving community mindedness, moral reasoning, forgiveness, and empathy so that learning is a transformative process improving society as a whole by advancing each individual spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

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Third Space Thoughts to Policy is the official podcast for the Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) program at IIIT, the International Institute of Islamic Thought. The purpose of our podcast (Third Space Thoughts to Policy) is to hear from experts and stakeholders in the field of education policy reform including policy advisors, governmental officials, academics, teachers, and parents. For IIIT's Mapping the Terrain Research Department, education is not just about mastering arithmetic and literacy, but improving community mindedness, moral reasoning, forgiveness, and empathy so that learning is a transformative process improving society as a whole by advancing each individual spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

    Episode 27 - Sense of Belonging in the Time of COVID-19 with Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss

    Episode 27 - Sense of Belonging in the Time of COVID-19 with Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss

    Listen into our conversation with Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss on sense of belonging, one of the constructs measured in the first two rounds of the AEMS Mapping the Terrain Study.

    This term usually has positive connotations but also comes up alot in Dr. Miller-Idriss's work on far right extremism which she delves into more deeply during the podcast along with ways that faculty and administrators can help increase sense of belonging for students on campus. They also discuss sense of belonging through online learning, which is particularly relevant in the time of COVID-19 era.

    Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is an award-winning author and scholar of far right extremism and higher education. She is Professor of Education and Sociology and runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE) at the American University in Washington, DC. She is also Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the U.K.-based Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and serves on the international advisory board of the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) in Oslo, Norway. Dr. Miller-Idriss has testified before the U.S. Congress and frequently serves as a keynote speaker and expert panelist on trends in white supremacist extremism to global academic and policy communities as well as staff and representatives in U.S. and international government agencies and embassies.

    Dr. Miller-Idriss is the author, co-author, or co-editor of six academic books, including Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, forthcoming from Princeton University Press in fall 2020. She also has recent by-lines in The Washington Post and The New York Times and also appeared on NPR's All Things Considered.

    Episode 26 - The Power of Hope with Dr. Andreas Krafft

    Episode 26 - The Power of Hope with Dr. Andreas Krafft

    Listen in to Amina's conversation with Dr. Andreas Krafft as they discuss the power of hope, one of the constructs studied in the second round of IIIT's research for the Mapping the Terrain Study, part of its Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) initiative.

    For the past ten years, Dr. Krafft has been working on a very exciting project called the Hope-Barometer, which is an annual survey of people's hopes and expectations for the future. This has included approximately 10,000 people in 14 different countries each year. Dr. Krafft reveals to Amina what inspired this initiative and what the most important findings have been. They also discuss the benefits of hope, its various sources, as well as its relationship to spirituality and religion.

    Dr. Andreas M. Krafft is a Research Associate and Lecturer at the Institute of Systemic Management and Public Governance, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). He is also the head of the International Hope-Barometer Research Network and Co-President of swissfuture, the Swiss Society for Future Studies. Dr. Krafft is also a Board member of SWIPPA, the Swiss Association of Positive Psychology.

    Episode 25 - Mapping the Terrain in the Time of COVID-19 with Dr. Ilham Nasser

    Episode 25 - Mapping the Terrain in the Time of COVID-19 with Dr. Ilham Nasser

    Third Space Thoughts to Policy is back with season 3! Join Amina as she interviews Dr. Ilham Nasser, Director of Mapping the Terrain Research at IIIT to talk about the latest developments with the study in spite of COVID-19 and the importance of researching values that are part of this round of Mapping the Terrain including hope, gratitude, sense of belonging, forgiveness, and meaning making.

    For the last two seasons, we’ve discussed various topics pertaining to education, human development, religion, policy, grassroots activism, wellbeing, culturally responsive education, how these overlap, and much more. All twelve of the episodes in our second season centered around the concept of wellbeing in or through education. Our third season discusses the values or constructs being measured in our global Mapping the Terrain Study which include hope, sense of belonging, meaning making, and forgiveness. These are all very relevant and timely concepts and audience members benefit from hearing from the experts who have studied these concepts and/or provided workshops on how best to foster them.

    To kick off the third season, we starts by interviewing the Director of Mapping the Terrain Research, Dr. Ilham Nasser in episode 25 to discuss the latest developments with the global Mapping the Terrain study, which is still progressing in spite of COVID-19, as well as why we’re focusing on these particular values and how this information can be helpful for humanity as a whole.

    Episode 24 - Season 2 Finale, Well-being and Data with Dr. Jehanzeb Cheema from George Mason University (GMU)

    Episode 24 - Season 2 Finale, Well-being and Data with Dr. Jehanzeb Cheema from George Mason University (GMU)

    Join Amina and Dr. Jehanzeb Cheema for the finale of season 2 of Third Space Thoughts to Policy. Dr. Cheema is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University's School of Business and a research methodologist with a background in education and economics. Prior to joining the School of Business, he taught research methodology courses at the University of Baltimore and also taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in Education from George Mason University in 2012, specializing in research methodology. He also has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, specializing in labor economics and development economics. His research interests include research methodology, focusing on measurement, assessment, and evaluation. His secondary fields of research interests include educational psychology and survey research. Dr. Cheema is also interested in missing data analysis and student achievement. He’s been published in numerous academic peer-reviewed journals including Educational Psychology, International Review of Education, Entertainment Computing, Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, and numerous others. He is the Methodologist for IIIT’s Mapping the Terrain study, part of the AEMS initiative.

    Episode 23 - Well-being and the Future with Scott Jordan from The Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies (CPPFS), Part 2

    Episode 23 - Well-being and the Future with Scott Jordan from The Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies (CPPFS), Part 2

    Join the second part of our discussion on well-being and the future with Scott Jordan from The Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies (CPPFS). We discuss how understanding the concept of postnormal times can help policy makers make better decisions in the best interest of societal and individual well-being as well its role in educational settings.

    Scott Jordan is the Executive Assistant Director at CPPFS. A philosopher and political scientist, Scott is attached to the Asian World Center at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a member of the Nonkilling Consortium International, and has worked with an international summer camp in China through the Soong Ching Ling Foundation. A regular contributor to the quarterly Critical Muslim, he hosts a radio podcast show, Tea Talk Asia. His research is focused on the postnormal dimensions of international policy, politics and governance, which he often explores through films.

    Episode 22 - Well-being and the Future with Scott Jordan from The Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies (CPPFS), Part 1

    Episode 22 - Well-being and the Future with Scott Jordan from The Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies (CPPFS), Part 1

    Join the first part of our discussion on well-being and the future with Scott Jordan from The Centre for Postnormal Policy and Future Studies (CPPFS). We discuss the definition of "postnormal times", futures studies, and how understanding these concepts can help policy makers.

    Scott Jordan is the Executive Assistant Director at CPPFS. A philosopher and political scientist, Scott is attached to the Asian World Center at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a member of the Nonkilling Consortium International, and has worked with an international summer camp in China through the Soong Ching Ling Foundation. A regular contributor to the quarterly Critical Muslim, he hosts a radio podcast show, Tea Talk Asia. His research is focused on the postnormal dimensions of international policy, politics and governance, which he often explores through films.

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