About

Hi, I’m Daniel. Welcome to my website. I occasionally write blogs and share other stuff I write and create here.

A little about me: I was born in Portland, Oregon and raised there and elsewhere along the west coast. My upbringing was working class blue collar. I worked as a hod carrier (assistant to a brick layer), a construction laborer and a number of sales and other odd jobs for most of my late teens and early 20’s. I had an aleatory occurrence in college and unexpectedly became drawn to the life of the intellect and to the world of thought. I have written about this experience but it is one of the most seminal things that has ever happened in my life.

After college, I found a way to enter the world of activism in the Washington, DC area. By a combination of chance and luck, I became a part of a couple small nonprofit organizations focused on addressing conflict resolution and inter-religious dialogue. I began to experience this work as a calling, and the work of interfaith bridge building became one of my core professional paths. This was a spiritual event although it did not entail a religious conversion other than bringing me towards the Christianity of my youth in a way that is fuller and more critical.

I understand my life from these two paths: the world of ideas, especially philosophy and religion and interfaith conflict resolution. Currently, I teach philosophy at George Washington University as Professorial Lecturer and I lecture at Marymount University in philosophy and ethics. I teach for the pure love of reaching students and aiming to inspire them to see the world differently. I am also interested in alternative models of education from that of the contemporary neoliberal university. From 2012 – 2015, I served as Professor of Critical Theory and Dean of Student Affairs at the Global Center for Advanced Studies.

I am the Director of Programs and a Producer at Unity Productions Foundation, a media and educational organization based in Washington, DC that makes documentary films and promotes nationwide education about Islam and Muslim culture.

I have developed a documentary film series called Insurrections that aims to understand the uprisings and movements that swept the globe from 2010 to roughly 2014 starting in Tottenham, to Cairo, to Greece, to Oakland, New York and elsewhere. What is the meaning of these events and what is the future of radical emancipatory political movements? My film series interviews important philosophers and theorists to shed light on this topic.

I received my Ph.D. from the European Graduate School, division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought under the supervision of one of the most important living philosophers, Alain Badiou. I also received a Masters of Arts in philosophy and ethics American University and wrote my thesis on Žižek’s critique of liberalism.

This work won first place in 2012 and 2014 at the Žižek Studies conference and this in many ways drew me deeper into the Žižekian field. I then went on to study directly with Žižek and Badiou at the EGS in order to develop my ideas. My Ph.D. studies set me on a lifelong path of research and writing in philosophy.

I am also affiliated as a Scholar with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, D.C. where I write and present on Islamophobia, Muslims in the west and interfaith dialogue.

My C.V. can be found here.

All content on this site ©Daniel Tutt, 2016. 

4 comments

  1. Hi, I am following some of your essays. Actually I am interested with the word “Islamophobia”. In my opinion, the problem is not “Islamophobia”. But, “Muslimophobia”. As an ex-muslim, I have a very reasonable phobia toward Islam. But I don’t have any reason to be afraid of muslim. My big families in Indonesia, are muslims. Some of them even known as Quran teachers.

    I think, the idea to stop Islamophobia is a mistake. What we need to do is, stopping Muslimophobia. As a former journalist, I notice, there is a big different between Islam in Indonesia before 1998 and after 1998. After 1998, lots of Islamic incidents (riots, bombings, murders, etc) occured. Before 1998, Soeharto regime with his dictatorial system, succeed to make Islam as a religion of peace in Indonesia. Lots of muslims, but very rare who actually practice 100% Islamic teachings. There is a well known phrase related to those kind of muslims, “Abangan”. All of these, happened, because Soeharto always eliminated all muslim fundamentalist. There is no Islam Kaffah movement, Syariah movement, etc. Indonesia has Pancasila as a main source of Indonesian constitution. And Soeharto with his strength system, able to prevent Islamic quality growth.

    So, what I am trying to say, we need to stop Muslimophobia, not Islamophobia. People must be aware about the danger of Islamic teaching and strategy. If to eliminate Islam is an utopia, then we need to have a strong government that defend Human Rights and Secularism.

    (actually I would like to attend your lecture in SFU May 15, 2012 at 7:30pm
    …but I am afraid, as there is no guarantee that I will not be killed by muslim fundamentalist…I almost get killed 3 times in Indonesia, just because asked some questions about Islam…..I am very grateful to live in Canada, but to attend any seminar about Islam, I still am afraid, as for sure I will criticize Islam….So, I just wish you have a good time while in Vancouver).

    Best Regards,

    Ray
    Ex Muslim Indonesia

  2. […] UPF’s Daniel Tutt, of Marymount University, invited me via email to the Friday-Sunday summit after I registered for the screening of UPF’s latest production, The Sultan and the Saint. Upon spotting me at Friday evening’s kick-off, an agitated Brown demanded that I leave the invitation-only event before summoning Tutt, who obsequiously acknowledged his mistake in having invited a “noted Islamophobe” who had “slandered” Brown. Tutt apologized to me before I left, but at Saturday’s screening he asked if I would disrupt the showing, a paranoid inquiry I denied. […]

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