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Media as Cross-Cultural Communication: A Conversation with Ramy Youssef

Dear Tanenbaum Community,

While the workplace is typically where people are most likely to interact with someone from a religious tradition other than their own, media is often where we are first introduced to these differences. As a form of cross-cultural communication, media representations influence our understanding of—and interactions with—religious differences in public spaces. 

Ramy Youssef

Because of this, Tanenbaum’s annual Religious Diversity Leadership Summit will utilize perspectives from our Representing Religions project, a resource Tanenbaum is developing in partnership with the Walt Disney Company to promote more ethical religious representations in media and storytelling.  

As part of this work, we are excited to share the insightful perspective of Ramy Youssef – comedian, actor, writer, and director. Inspired by his own experiences, his hit show “Ramy” on Hulu challenges Islamophobic and Anti-Arab stereotyping by simply inviting viewers into his life as a first-generation Egyptian-American Muslim on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood.  

We invite you to join Tanenbaum’s CEO Rev. Mark Fowler as he interviews Ramy Youssef about his work, the importance of religious self-representation, and how to honor the intersectional and oppositional identities we hold and interact with daily. 

REGISTER HERE for the Religious Diversity Leadership Summit and tune in May 18 at 2:00 PM (EST) to catch this conversation.

Meet Ramy Youssef:

Ramy Youssef is a Golden Globe-winning Egyptian-American creator, actor, producer, director, and comedian who brings his unique voice and perspective to his storytelling. He won the 2020 Golden Globe Award® on behalf of “Ramy” in the category of ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.’ Youssef created, produced and stars in the hit Hulu show, which is inspired by his own experiences centering around a first-generation Egyptian-American Muslim on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. Most recently, the Television Academy nominated Youssef for two 2020 Emmy Awards® in the categories of “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” and “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series” on behalf of the second season of “Ramy.” Youssef was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award and a Writers Guild Award for his one-hour HBO comedy special “Ramy Youssef: Feelings” produced by A24. Youssef, through his partnership with A24, is working on creating and developing subsequent projects. The first show will star “Ramy” series regular Stephen Way in a story illustrating the perspective and experience of a disabled person and their family in a real way. Youssef will executive produce both this series and an untitled show currently in production with Netflix.