MAY–JUNE, 2015
Harmony and peace

January 28, 2015
This is How...To Use Art to Build Interreligious Understanding

March 16th, 2014
MWA Inspiring Women Awardees

December 11, 2014
Faithful to the tune

April 6, 2014 3:00 PM


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November 4, 2012 5:30 PM

A concert of sacred sounds shared by the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations of the Northwestern Suburbs and Chicago, in partnership with FaithBridge and supported by Advocate Health Care.: RSVP to or see our Facebook page for updates. First Congregational Website for directions is:

October 3, 2012 8 PM

A Sounds of Faith presentation will close the first day of the 2012 Catholic Muslim Conference at CTU (5401 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL). Limited availability: RSVP to required.

September 14, 2012
Harran, Islam and the world

The World seems to be interested, all of a sudden, in the Hassan connection to the Nation of Islam and Indigenous Muslims. Phd students have interviewed me, one each from Princeton, University of Indiana and now at the University of Chicago.

July 15, 2012
Food Justice and Sustainability: Young Leadership Summer Program for High School Students entering Grades 9 – 12

Dr. Shakeela Z. Hassan presented: Mother Earth and our Responsibility- Understanding Life, Responsibility and Sustenance through understanding of Sound, Rhythm and Movement, as part and parcel of communication and Diversity as integral part of Universality amongst all created creatures and systems.

May 24, 2012
Moments of Reflection: The Spiritual Practice of Listening to Patients, Sounds of the Body, Sounds of the Mind and Sounds of Faith

Harran Board members rabbi Michael Zedek, Professor Scott Alexander and Dr. Shakeela Z. Hassan presented at the Inaugural national Conference: Responding to the Call of the Sick: religious Traditions and Health Professions Today- Program on Medicine and Religion of the University of Chicago at the Westin Hotel in Chicago.

February 28, 2012
Care at End of Life – Role of Sound, Islamic Perspective on end of life

Dr. Shakeela Hassan presented at Alexian Brothers Health System in Arlington Heights Illinois during the Ethics Week.

December 2011
Harran Productions Foundation News shared on Odyssey Network News letter

Sounds of Faith: Chicagoans Share Sacred Sounds- was presented at KAM Isaiah Israel in historic Hyde Park on November 13th 2011- marking it as an amazing experience of Sounds and Seventh such experience-- first in a large and historic Synagogue. For video and photos please visit

December 2011
"Human Rights"

A tribute to Mrs. Maggie Daley was presented on our Facebook page that speaks for Gallery 37's after school Program for Chicago Public School Children, where Dr. Shakeela Hassan's poems took shape in to a theatrical production under the direction of HHW School of performing Arts. (Jean Hendricks and Brian Wedddington)

November 13, 2011
Sounds of Faith: KAM Isiah Israel

An amazing journey of shared experience of sacred sounds to heal, make peace, compassion and respect a part and parcel of daily life and coexistence for the diverse human family.

October 15, 2011
Dr. Shakeela Hassan nominated for the inaugural Coexist Prize

Made it to top sixty through a long list of nominees from round the world "ON the Inside" Rev Eric Schafer noted that among the 65 semi-finalists for the $100,000 Coexist Prize the five Odyssey members for this new prize are - Bob Chase, Shakeela Hassan, Kay Lindahl, Susan Sparks, and Josh Stanton.

May 3 & 4, 2011
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations - Doha Pre-Forum 2011 of Civil Society of the Alliance of Civilizations.

A first general consultation with civil society representatives, organized under the auspices of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and Qatar Committee for Alliance of Civilization, in association with a number of partners from Qatar : the National Human Rights Committee, The Doha Centre for Media Freedom, Silatech and the Arab Democracy Foundation. Dr. Shakeela Hassan was an invited participant along with CSOs from around the world.

April 2–11, 2011
Islamic Society of North America hosts DICID team

Photos from CTU Scott Alexander and Dr. Hassan; at SWIFT-Brian Zakem and Dr. Hassan. Brian Zakem is one of Harran advisors. Facebook page

March 18, 2011
University of Chicago - Departments of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Pastoral Care

Dr. Shakeela Hassan's Panel presentation: Religious perspectives on Death & Dying- an Islamic Perspective + Healing Perspectives of Sounds- a consideration for use in Chaplaincy practices.

January 21, 2011
Chicago International Women Associates at Instituto Cervantes

Shakeela Hassan will present 'Sounds of Faith: Here and in Historic Spain: Learn about 800 years of Three Abrahamic Faith Coexistence'.

November 16, 2010
Northeastern Illinois University 12th Annual Interfaith Conference

Dr. Shakeela Hassan - Panel presentation "Power of Forgiveness - Islamic Perspective and Role of Sacred Sounds". View/Download PDF

October 28, 2010
Chicago Advocate Lutheran General Pastoral Care Week

Shakeela Hassan will present 'Sounds of Faith - a shared Sonic Experience: A New Paradigm for Interfaith Understanding, Peace and Healing' at Chicago Advocate Lutheran General Pastoral Care Week which gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide.

October 24–27, 2010
Hand in Hand - Yad b'Yed: "A Pluralistic Approach to Peace in the Middle East"

Shakeela Hassan will present 'Sounds of Faith - a shared Sonic Experience: A New Paradigm for Interfaith Understanding, Peace and Healing' at Hand in Hand - Yad b'Yed — a national conference providing a platform for dialogue, education, networking, and social action amongst university students interested in a pluralistic approach to interfaith relations and peace in the Middle East.

For more information:
Visit the Hand in Hand - Yad b'Yed website

October 24, 2010
Sounds of Faith - Resonating Encounters

Samples of and reflections on sacred sound in the three Abrahamic traditions - in LSTC's Augustana Chapel.

A follow-up event to the original Sounds of Faith program held in Rockefeller Chapel on November 1, 2009, this program will allow speakers from the three Abrahamic religions to reflect on and provide samples of the commonalities, differences, and sacred connections of sound.

For more information:
Visit the LTSC event page
View/Download the flyer

July 4, 2010
At the Rosemont Convention Center, Chicago, Islamic Society of North America's Annual Convention

At the Annual Interfaith Event at the ISNA convention, a 10-minute film clip was presented of Sounds of Faith-Chicago in commemoration of the ISNA convention theme of “Nurturing Compassionate Communities.”

Sounds of Faith-Chicago was truly a tribute to the three faith communities in Chicago to achieve a milestone in the shared experience of the proposed sound paradigm, as evidenced on November 13, 2009 at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel with over 1,200 people in attendance and sponsorship of 44 diversely represented organizations.

June 11, 2010
At American Islamic College

Tajic Television Crew filmed Professor Scott Alexander, Dr. Ali Yurtserver and Dr. Shakeela Hassan for their reflections on Muslims in America. Dr. Hassan had the opportunity to share her thoughts on the responsibilities and commitments that Muslim Americans have to serve the human family and sharing the value of available paradigms.

June 8, 2010
White House Event: Islamic Society of North America's invitation

Community leaders participate in part of a day long event honoring Rashad Hussein and celebrating his appointment as Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

June 7, 2010
White House Event: Advancing Interfaith and Community Service across University Campuses and Communities

Dr. Hassan was an Invited guest participant.

May, 2010
ONE Chicago, One Nation

Sounds of faith-Chicago On Line Film Contest Finalist

April 16, 2010
Sounds of Faith - University of Miami concert performance on April 17, 2010


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University of Miami students lead Sounds of Faith presentation to promote compassionate coexistence and raise funds for Haiti relief.

Coral Gables, FL, March 29, 2010 - On Saturday, April 17th, the University of Miami student led coexistence production of Sounds of Faith - University of Miami will be presented at the Church for the Venerable Bede at the University of Miami campus at 8:00 p.m.

Sounds of Faith - University of Miami is a celebration of the sounds of faith within the three Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In listening to the sacred sounds of each religion, which all find a common lineage with the patriarch Abraham, we learn how to use our ears to form a strong bond of faith and appreciation. Inspired by Dr. Shakeela Z. Hassan, founder of Harran Productions Foundation and its first presentation: Sounds of Faith - Chicago at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel in November 2009, University of Miami will join this sound of faith frequency in the continuation of wavelengths across the globe spreading understanding and compassion.

Sounds of Faith - University of Miami is a joint effort conducted by students involved in University of Miami student and religious organizations, as well as musicians from The Frost School of Music. These include: Jews and Muslims (JAM), University of Miami Hillel, Muslim Students of the University of Miami (MSUM), and the Church of the Venerable Bede.

Shakeela Z. Hassan, MD, founder Harran Productions Foundation and Greg Samata of NoiseMaker Films, both from Chicago are the executive producers of Sounds of Faith. Both are invited guests to honor the Sounds of Faith - University of Miami presentation and introduce the evening.

The concert is free of charge though a recommended minimum $2 donation is suggested for Haiti relief efforts. All faiths are welcome. For more information, contact

April 14, 2010
EXELON Corporation: Niagra Interfaith Panel Discussion "Understanding Religion in the Workplace"

Dr. Scott Alexander and Dr. Shakeela Hassan participated with others and were invited to share a 10-minute demo of Sounds of Faith-Chicago with the audience.

March 23, 2010
Children's Memorial Hospital: Faith and illness series from different religious perspectives

Dr. Shakeela Hassan presented Faith, Illness and Healing - Islamic perspective and role of sacred sounds.

March 17, 2010
Sounds of Faith - Chicago airing April 4, 2010 at 6PM

A one-hour concert film celebrating the interconnection and diversity of sacred sound in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, performed by leading practitioners and artists in Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel will air.

Airing Sunday, April 4 at 6:00 pm Central Time on WTTW 11 (PBS Chicago)

To learn more, view the press release

January 28, 2010
At The Catholic Theological Union, Hyde Park in Chicago

Presentation of Sounds of Faith-Chicago - a 10 minute film clip, as part of Niagara Foundation's "ABRAHAMIC TRADITIONS" dinner event - Several Harran Board and Advisor members graced the occasion- To name a few... Greg Samata, Dave mason, Scott Alexander, Cherif Bassiouni, Father Don Senior and others.

November 15, 2009
CAIR-Chicago Joins Interfaith Celebration “Sounds of Faith”

September 16, 2009
CUSP Conference 2009

CUSP Conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: Dr. Shakeela Hassan was invited to present "Sounds of Faith: Discovery of Divine, Design, and Purpose of all that exists." The Power Point presentation was a unique culmination of sounds and emphasized how the universality of sound, rhythm and movement are the key to defining life and means of communication, be it with the Divine Creator or with each other.

This event brought Greg Samata in close partnership with Shakeela Hassan and the Harran team to produce Sounds of Faith – Chicago, which was broadcasted on PBS and Radio WFMT on April 3rd and April 4th, 2010.

Greg continues to partner with Shakeela Hassan and her production efforts. Greg Samata and Dave Mason are active advisors for Harran and its Global projects. Human Rights is an auspicious culmination of the journey that began in the very space of CUSP 2009 - meeting with other participants and guests that "happened" to be there. Design originality of this website is a smbolic gift.

June 30, 2009
The Chicago Sunday Evening Club and 30 Good Minutes

"Spiritual Journey" aired on Chicago's PBS Sunday Broadcast on WttW- 11- The film crew transported in time and place the Sound Concept that originated in brew in heart and mind for Shakeela Hassan's life time commitment to materialize and share for the human family- a pursuit of homeostasis and healing physically as well as spiritually. The story captured gives perspective and sets the stage for Sounds.

View the segment

March 19, 2009
University of Chicago Magazine Audio/Visuals: Sounds of Faith

November 27, 2008
The Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Dr. Shakeela Hassan was an invited participant to recite an Arabic Muslim Prayer Verse in Arabic from the Qur'an and share her reflection.

September 22, 2008
Voices and Visions - University of Indiana

Shakeela Hassan interviewed for: Joy of Ramadan Podcast - it was posted on their website in October 13, 2008

March 18, 2008
Comprehensive Progress Update of "Sounds of Faith"

March 18, 2008

Highlights of our progress to date include:

  • This new foundation website outlining the project scope, vision, board of advisors, needs, and timeline.
  • A beautiful six-minute demonstration video and trailer, narrated by renowned journalist Bill Kurtis, with new footage filmed in 2007 all around Chicago, and showing our own microcosm of vibrant faith communities, from the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park to KAM Isaiah Israel, The University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and the Zion Baptist community of the South Side.
  • The collection of previous script treatments and footage into valuable source materials for the current project; shots by Kurtis Productions, my own work with David Christensen in Turkey and Egypt, and festival footage featuring Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) are employed in our demo, but also useful guides for our prospective slate of principal shooting for Sounds of Faith. With these contacts established and mapped, our travel and shooting schedule will be facilitated by this organization.
  • Three formal advisor meetings and many individual conversations have led to the identification of locations and examples. Well-established Canadian filmmaker David Christensen is busy at work on the script for our three-part Abrahamic faiths series.
  • Grass roots fundraising is gaining momentum with support from many individual supporters around the country and world. Organizational prospects include the Ford Foundation, Arthur Vining Davis, Exelon, Templeton, Mellon, and MacArthur, buy many only offer "capstone" funding once the bulk of the necessary budget has been raised through individual contacts.
  • I was invited to share the "Sounds" as part of my opening prayer at Greater Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast. In addition the six minute program DVD was presented as part of the program at the University of Chicago Divinity School's Border Crossing Conference: Music in Religion.

December 7, 2007
Chicago Sunday Evening Club at Grand Ballroom, The Chicago Hilton Chicago

Invited to offer a Muslim Prayer at the 44th Annual Greater Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast and share a trailer of Sounds of Faith made with assistance from the Columbia College students.

September 18, 2007
Shakeela Hassan named as Purpose Prize Fellow

University of Chicago's Professor Emerita Shakeela Hassan named as Purpose Prize Fellow, recognizing social innovators over age 60.

"Fellows Solve Social Problems, Disprove the Notion That Innovation is the Province of the Young and Demonstrate What's Possible in an Aging Society." Civic Ventures, a think tank and program incubator helping society achieve "the greatest return on experience," has designated a South Side Chicagoan, Dr. Shakeela Hassan, as one of its 2007 Purpose Prize Fellows for her work in interfaith dialogue and documentary film.

The Purpose Prize is a three-year, $9 million program investing in Americans over age 60 who are leading a new age of innovation to solve critical social problems in the second half of life. In its own words, the Prize "seeks to shine a light on the critical work of individual innovators and combine these individual efforts into a wave of social entrepreneurship that could transform America."

Hassan has been an interfaith peace-builder and policymaker for over four decades, offering a wealth of life experience as a Muslim, immigrant, medical doctor, professor, mother, grandmother, and visual artist to a wide range of inter-religious councils, boards, and initiatives. An anesthesiologist, teacher, and former clinical care director at the University of Chicago Hospitals, Hassan brings her perspective as a caretaker and South Side community member to the International Human Rights Law Institute, Chicago Theological Seminary, the Cardinal Bernardin Center of the Catholic Theological Union, and Lutheran School of Theology. Nationally and internationally, she serves on the boards of International Museum of Muslim Cultures, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights and Hands of Peace, dedicated to Israeli-Palestinian youth dialogue and cooperation and Lake Institute of Faith and Giving of the Indiana University's center of Philanthropy. Recently, lifelong interests in photography and grassroots peace-making led Shakeela to documentary film development and production. After successfully fundraising for and co-producing interfaith documentaries and mentoring a number of young filmmakers in their own projects, she established Harran Productions Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to nurture the most socially significant films possible. Hassan's current project is Sounds of Faith, a coproduction with renowned journalist and producer Bill Kurtis. This three-part exploration of sacred sound in the three Abrahamic faiths -Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - is being developed for national PBS broadcast in 2009; Chicago viewers can expect to view it on our own WTTW-11. The documentary will share sounds and songs from communities around the world, both inside and outside of worship, and illuminate a path for mutual understanding and appreciation between faiths through their intertwined history and modernity of sound. Says Hassan, "The promise of my premise, and purpose of my work, is simply to humanize each community's internal struggles for peace, bring about understanding and cooperation for and with 'the other' outside of one's community, and bridge gaps and divides across faiths and fortunes with the harmony of omnipresent sound - the symphony of existence." The Purpose Prize supports Fellows by helping develop their capacity, linking them with funders and venture philanthropists and connecting them to other social innovators over 60.

The 2007 Fellows will meet for the first time at an Innovation Summit cosponsored by Civic Ventures and the Stanford Graduate School of Business's Center for Social Innovation, one of the world's leading academic centers focused on social entrepreneurship. The Summit will take place November 10-12 on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, Calif. Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures - co-founder of the Purpose Prize and author of a new book, Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life (PublicAffairs Press, June 2007) -says that Shakeela Hassan and other Fellows represent big changes in how boomers and older Americans approach work. "As baby boomers leave their midlife careers and continue working into their 60s, we are experiencing the biggest transformation of the American workforce since the women's movement," says Freedman. "One of the most interesting and significant developments from this transformation is the emergence of social innovation and entrepreneurialism from people over 60. And there are no better examples of these pioneers than the Purpose Prize Fellows." In Encore (, Freedman outlines a new stage of life between the end of midlife careers and the beginning of true old age, introducing a new stage of work - the "encore career"- that combines continued income, new meaning and greater impact. Prize Fellows, Freedman says, "show that social entrepreneurship, once thought to be mainly the province of the young, can also be a path to vibrant encore careers for those in the second half of life."

For background information or interviews, contact us.

September 18, 2007
Doctor Turned Film Producer Seeks Support

By Okolo Rashid
Special to The Clarion-Ledger

This Thursday Jackson will welcome medical doctor turned documentary film producer Dr. Shakeela Hassan.

The Chicago resident will be a special guest of the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference and the Metro Jackson Islamic Community. Jackson's International Museum of Muslim Cultures is very excited about the visit, as Hassan is a friend and contributor to the museum. Jackson is one of the many cities Hassan is visiting in an effort to garner financial support for her latest project, Sounds of Faith.

This special interfaith documentary examines the "unexplored" intrinsic connection between faith and music or sound.

The documentary's focus is on the commonalities in the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

"The three-part documentary film and its accompanying outreach program will focus on how humans are connected to God through sound, and will foster a deeper understanding of the strong ties between our religions," Hassan says. "These insights into our shared aural heritage are hoped to offer channels for dialogue, mutual understanding and peace."

PBS plans to air the documentary in 2009. Filming in the Middle East - the birthplace of ritual sound - starts this summer, and will continue worldwide. Harran Productions Foundation, a nonprofit, founded by Hassan, is raising $2.5 million to support the three-hour national production and its educational components.

You think this is a daunting task? Not for Hassan, who got her start in the industry as the national fundraising chairwoman for Unity Productions Foundation, where she raised more than $3 million.

Hassan's grassroots fundraising efforts took her to Muslim communities in more than 30 states. These funds produced the highly acclaimed PBS documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet in 2003, where she got her first experience in production.

The project came after Hassan retired as associate professor emeritus from a 30-year career with the University of Chicago. She worked in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and was active in teaching, research, publication, clinical care and administration.

Leading ethnomusicologists, religious scholars and academicians from the U.S. and around the globe make up the advisory panel whose expertise will provide a firm historical and interpretive background from which the documentary and educational materials will be drawn.

"A key tenet of the project is youth engagement; both the documentary and curricular materials will offer accessible insight encouraging an appreciation of diversity and peace," Hassan says.

Sounds of Faith's significant contribution is that it provides "an understanding of the meaning and function of ritual sounds and how they have linked religions throughout history, and can continue to bridge geographic and cultural distances today," Hassan says. "The project adds a new dimension to understanding the written meaning of religion and offers viewers the opportunity to explore more deeply the sounds of our own faiths."

For more information, contact us.

September 17, 2007
“Ties That Bind” on WTTW11

A small yet effective peace effort is taking place in Chicago's Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. In recognition of Unity Month, WTTW presents TIES THAT BIND, airing Saturday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. on WTTW 11.

Culminating from over two years of planning, this powerful documentary brings together female spiritual leaders from Chicago's African American Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Latino Protestant and Muslim communities who share their music, recitation and personal stories to guide their communities to cross boundaries and build bridges. There is a parallel story between the women producing the documentary. Ann Feldman, who created the concept, is Jewish. Shakeela Hassan, who has engaged the participation of her community, is a Muslim. Jan Thompson, director, is non-religious. Through more than two years of production, these three strong-headed and soft-hearted women have learned to accommodate their differences and work together. Chicago's spiritual women leaders profiled in TIES THAT BIND include: Reverend Willie Barrow (Chair emeritus, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Vernon Park Church of God in Chicago); Sr. Pat Bergen and Sister Kathy Sherman (Sisters of St. Joseph of La Grange); Karen Danielson (Mosque Foundation of Bridgeview); Reverend Annie Gonzalez (San Lucas United Church of Christ and Grace House); Rabbi Andrea London (Beth Emmet Synagogue); Aisheh Said (Mosque Foundation of Bridgeview).. By opening their doors to this production, TIES THAT BIND captures their successful efforts in creating a model of communication which allows them to connect without losing their own identities.

Ties That Bind is a production of artistic circles. For the past 15 years, artistic circles has created ground breaking public programs. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Ann E. Feldman, artistic circles is an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring history and culture through the voices, stories and experiences of women. Executive Producers: Ann E. Feldman and Shakeela Z. Hassan. Producer: Jan Thompson.

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