2032 Southside Blvd. Jacksonville, Florida 32216



Mon-Fri 9 am - Noon Afternoons, Saturday and Sundays by appointment only!

2018 Dialogue and Friendship Awards Dinner


An unlikely friendship


March 1st, 2018    |  6:30 - 9pm   |   UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center

Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville is looking forward to hosting  its 10th annual Friendship and Awards Dinner on Thursday March 1, 2018.  Join us to hear from our guest speaker from the UK, author and journalist Carla Power. Carla currently writes for Time and other publications, and is a former correspondent for Newsweek, where she produced award-winning stories, reporting from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Her essays have appeared in a wide range of publications, from Vogue and O: The Oprah Magazine to The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, and Foreign Policy.
Guest Speaker: Carla Power
carlaA journalist specializing in Muslim societies, global social issues and culture, and author of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran. Carla Power's eye-opening story of her year spent studying with longtime friend, traditional Islamic scholar, Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities. Their friendship-between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names. Both knew that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression. And so they embarked on a yearlong journey through the controversial text.

2018 – Dialogue and Friendship Awards


Community Service Award:

This individual has made a large contribution to our local community through involvement in community service, organized projects, and/or promoted diversity while still striving for excellence in community service projects.

 Media Award:

Given to an individual who, through blogging or journalism has made an outstanding contribution to promotion of diversity awareness, intercultural understanding, empathy between cultures and religious groups, or cooperation of diverse individuals in community improvement initiatives.

 Educational Service Award:

The individual has held leadership role at a university or an institution that promotes education. This individual has distinguished themselves by generously contributing their time, energy, expertise, leadership, and dedication in order to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.




 Thanks to our sponsors


  1. Let us know if you are interested in receiving more information about the event.
  2. Full Name(*)
    Please type your full name.
  3. E-mail(*)
    Invalid email address.