The spire of an Islamic mosque found in historically Catholic South St. Louis symbolizes both history and progress for Randall Rosenberg, a Fontbonne University assistant professor of religion and philosophy. Rosenberg explores the Bosnian community in an article titled "Survivor Stories: The Bosnian Memory Project," published recently in "Commonweal," a national magazine that offers "a review of religion, politics & culture."
The article highlights how the Fontbonne community has contributed to the preservation and understanding of the memory of the Bosnian genocide of the early 1990s. Rosenberg, through his article, continues the national dialogue surrounding the Bosnian Memory Project at Fontbonne and the associated Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide exhibit, positing that all of those who know of the genocide now have a responsibility to communicate the importance of the event to others.
"The Bosnian Memory Project and the Prijedor exhibit raise questions for which there are no easy answers," Rosenberg writes. "Still, the endeavor has connected a Catholic university and other members of the local community - Catholics, Protestants, and Jews among them - with the predominantly Muslim population of St. Louis's Bosnian refugees."
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