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The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College, in collaboration with the William and Mary Greve Foundation, awarded the 2017 Goldziher Prize to: 

Joshua Seftel, for “The Secret Life of Muslims,” a multi-platform series of short non-fiction films that reveals the lives of American Muslims through their careers, talents, and accomplishments. Seftel is a filmmaker and director whose award-winning productions have covered issues such as Romanian orphans (Lost and Found, 1991), the rights of senior citizens (Old Warrior, 1994), political intrigue (Taking on the Kennedys, 1996), air quality issues (Breaking the Mold, 2003), and commercial interests that drive war (War, Inc., 2008). His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and Showtime. 

Samuel Freedman, for a selection of columns in The New York Times from 2010 through 2016 that chronicle American Muslims, emphasizing the normal, productive lives of these citizens, and pushing back against Islamophobia. Freedman was a staff reporter for The New York Times from 1981 through 1987 and wrote the column On Religion from 2006 through 2016. From 2004 through 2008, he wrote the column On Education which won first prize in the Education Writers Association’s annual competition. He was also a regular columnist on American Jewish issues for the The Jerusalem Post from 2005 through 2009.

Robin Wright, for “Muslim Heroes, Writers, Artists and an Athlete in America,” a series of five articles in The New Yorker that reflects the rich and many-sided contributions of Muslims to the American experience. Wright has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1988. A former correspondent for The Washington Post, CBS News, the Los Angeles Times, and The Sunday Times of London, she has reported from more than 140 countries. She is currently a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Goldziher Prize Award Ceremony : World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2017

The National Press Club in Washington, DC. The three winners were Joshua Seftel, Samuel Freedman, and Robin Wright. Wajahat Ali served as emcee. The Goldziher (Gold-zi-air) Prize is an award for excellence in the coverage of Muslim Americans by an individual or team of U.S. journalists.

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