Composer and Emerson College professor Mehmet Ali Sanlikol has lived in Boston for over 20 years, but he says he's never felt the conundrum he's experiencing these days as a Muslim in Boston and in the United States. He hopes that his coffeehouse opera, "Othello in the Sergalio," will help to expand perspectives on Islam in Boston and beyond.
- "Shakespeare’s Othello is a familiar story of love, power, jealousy, and manipulation, but you’ve never heard it like this before. A new production melds three languages — English, Italian, and Turkish — for a musical retelling of the familiar tragedy, tapping into Ottoman folklore."
- "You would be hard-pressed to find someone more passionate about protecting the civil rights of American Muslims than 39-year-old Farhaj Hassan. A U.S. Army reservist who was deployed to Iraq, Hassan, who lives in Helmetta, New Jersey, is the lead plaintiff in a landmark lawsuit against the city of New York for its police department’s blanket surveillance program of Muslims in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The impetus for the lawsuit, says Hassan, a devout Shiite Muslim, stems from his patriotism and his belief that people should not be treated like suspects simply because of their faith."
This segment aired on March 2, 2016.