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Daniel Tutt
Daniel Tutt works on contemporary philosophy, filmmaking and interfaith social justice. He is the Director and Co-Producer of a new documentary film in the making entitled “Insurrections” that explores the philosophy behind recent protest movements from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street. His writing has appeared in Common Ground News Service, the Washington Post, the Platypus Review, the International Journal of Žižek Studies, The San Francisco Society for Lacanian Studies, TheThe Poetry Blog and the Huffington Post.

He is Professor of Media Studies and the Dean of Student Affairs at the Global Center for Advanced Studies, an independent movement for the transformation of higher learning that address foundational, historical and theoretical issues of contemporary global concern. Daniel received his Ph.D. from the European Graduate School, where he studied continental philosophy, media studies and psychoanalysis. His dissertation invokes the concept of community in contemporary continental philosophy through a comparative analysis of four influential thinkers including Alain Badiou (advisor and chair of dissertation), Slavoj Žižek, Ernesto Laclau and Jean-Luc Nancy. He holds a Masters of Arts in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University and he is a Fellow at the nonpartisan think tank, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where he researches policy issues related to Islam and Muslims.

As an activist, he works on interfaith dialogue and social justice for Muslim communities in America. He has worked with the American Muslim community for nearly a decade and has built several educational and social action projects that seek to counter Islamophobia. He has also helped to produce several media and film projects that have educated a wide mainstream American audience about Islam in America.

As the Director of Outreach and Foundation Relations at Unity Productions Foundation he oversees the organization’s foundation relations, assists with production projects, and oversees the digital, community and educational programs of the organization. Daniel is a member of the Lacanian Forum of Washington, DC, a psychoanalytic association and a board member for several religious and academic organizations.

Entries by Daniel Tutt

The Resurgence of the Leftist Public Intellectual

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 4:30 PM

The American philosopher Richard Rorty once wrote that academe's obsession with theory creates a 'shibboleth' in the university system, sheltering and confining its debates and polemics from the public sphere. Rorty made this accusation back in the mid-1990's, right as the movement of 'theory' began to make its heyday following...

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The Secret Power of Interfaith Encounters

(7) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 11:58 AM

Co-authored by Maha Elgenaidi Founder, ING

As a Christian who works closely with the Muslim community, and as a Muslim who was brought back to my own faith by the beauty I found in Judaism and Christianity, we welcome the upcoming holiday season as a time for rekindling the spirit...

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How Should We Combat Islamophobia?

(90) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 2:13 PM

While the dust has yet to settle on the horrific Boston bombings by the Tsarnaev brothers, Muslims have already felt the impact of their association with Islam.  We have witnessed a rise in Islamophobic discourse in the popular media and blogosphere.  As an activist who focuses on studying and...

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Pope Francis and the Future of Catholic-Muslim Relations

(9) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:12 PM

When I first heard that Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose the name Pope Francis after Saint Francis of Assisi, it made me hopeful for the future of Catholic-Muslim relations. A lot is made of St. Francis' legacy of weaving spirituality with universal compassion for all animals, for the...

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What Is Muslim Activism? Thoughts on a More Inclusive Model

(41) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 3:06 PM

When I tell people about the activism work I do, many people wonder if I'm a Muslim, and when I tell them I'm not, they're either confused or intrigued. Sometimes both. They wonder what it is that makes me want to be an advocate for Muslims even though I don't...

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First Face-Off on Foreign Policy Between Obama and Romney Campaigns

(4) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 3:28 PM

This week, Mitt Romney moved one step closer to gaining the Republican nomination with the departure of Rick Santorum from the Republican primary. While the economy will take center stage in a potential Romney-Obama showdown for the presidential race in 2012, foreign policy will offer an opportunity for what we...

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Homeland and the Battle Within

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 4:24 PM

You can't see it coming. A deranged man snaps and wanders into a Jewish neighborhood outside Paris, unloading rounds of ammunition that brutally kill seven. A few thousand miles east, a war weary sargent loses it and unloads on a village of innocent Afghans, leaving 17 dead. This is what...

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New Islamic Art Film Premieres in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 3:27 PM

The images we see of Islam in the media often conjure images of international terrorism, submissive women, or angry mobs in protest somewhere overseas. In this flood of stereotype-inducing images, we often lose sight of the more elegant and rich parts of Islamic civilization and culture. A new documentary film,...

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4 Myths That Led to the NYPD Attack on Muslim Civil Liberties

(31) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 10:47 AM

Over the last month, multiple scandals have leaked that show the extent to which the NYPD has violated the civil liberties of thousands of New York Muslims under the banner of counterterrorism efforts. Protecting the homeland must remain central in all of our policing and intelligence-gathering efforts, but it...

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An Occupy Prayer Breakfast: There Is Enough for Everyone!

(10) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 12:55 PM

Each year, the wealthy and powerful gather in Washington, D.C. for the National Prayer Breakfast, an invitation-only, $650-a-plate, networking opportunity started by a secretive conservative group called "The Family." The goal of the breakfast, according to The Family, is to recruit the powerful attendees into smaller, more frequent prayer...

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Islam in America: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know -- But Were Afraid to Ask

(62) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 2:00 PM

One of the more unfortunate outcomes of the anti-mosque protests, anti-sharia legislation and the impact of the Islamophobia network is that they have left many Americans confused about the truth of Islam and Muslims in America. According to the Public Religion Research Institute's recent findings, few Americans report...

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The Lowe's Controversy and the Success of Religious Pluralists

(30) Comments | Posted December 18, 2011 | 7:50 PM

As someone who works in the field of promoting interfaith dialogue on Islam in America, I can tell you it has been a hectic couple of weeks. When Lowe's Home Improvement decided to pull its ads from TLC's new reality show "All American Muslim," they sparked a national...

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American Muslims Wage Grassroots Campaigns Against Islamophobia Network

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 12:20 PM

The small but influential network of anti-Muslim pundits and bloggers that have been central in the creation of widely accepted myths such as "President Obama is a Muslim," that "practicing Muslims cannot be loyal Americans" and that "sharia is a threat to America" have been taking their show on the...

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Russell Simmons Pledges Support for American Muslims (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 7:10 PM

When Peter King held his first congressional hearing on American Muslims last March, hip-hop mogul and founder of Def Jam records Russell Simmons did an incredibly brave thing: He organized a rally in New York city that brought together concerned citizens and celebrities to show their solidarity with American Muslims....

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What Would Nietzsche Say About Europe's Islam Crisis?

(23) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 7:05 PM

Europe is undergoing an identity crisis and Islam has been put at the center of it. The recent terrorist attacks in Norway by a deranged man who harbored anti-Muslim sentiments and sympathized with far right wing anti-immigrant political ideologies has brought this crisis once again to the surface....

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Neuroscience and the Changing Media Stereotypes of Muslims

(247) Comments | Posted July 4, 2011 | 10:52 PM

Popular film and television has relied on stereotypical portrayals of Muslims and Arabs since its existence. There is, however, a quiet revolution afoot inside television and film, and the predictable box of the Muslim-as-terrorist is slowly fading. But will this shift make a difference in ending America's growing prejudice toward...

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'My Fellow American': Short Film Offers Platform for Combatting Islamophobia

(71) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 12:03 PM

America has always been a melting pot, but in the post-9/11 world the environment can be downright hostile. Radio talk show hosts, pundits and politicians utter statements about Islam and Muslims that if they were to say the same about other religious groups, they would face severe consequences. This hateful...

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Tennessee's Anti-Muslim Bill is an American Disgrace

(17) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 1:02 PM

In a matter of days, Tennessee's state legislature is expected to pass a bill ostensibly designed to combat radical Islamic terrorism in Tennessee known as the "Material Support" bill or HB 1353. While the bill has removed direct references to Islam or Muslims at the pressure of civil rights groups...

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