For the last few years, I got paid to play with toys. I was able to put a philosophy of Star Trek’s Vulcans into practice, and live as a Jedi. Comics littered my work space, and Dr. Who’s TARDIS traveled with me through space and time. All I was missing was a Buffy or Firefly fix. All of this was possible because I was working on religious literacy and global citizenship.
I have a PhD in Islamic Studies from Harvard University. It’s not the profile that lends itself to perceptions of playfulness. But, five years ago, I started work with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan on an exhibit called America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.
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