Navina Najat Haidar is the Curator in charge of the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was the coordinating curator of the New Islamic Galleries project, which came to fruition with the 2011 opening of an extraordinary sequence of galleries dedicated to the Art of the Arab Lands; Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia. It includes the reinstallation of more than 1000 objects, as well as the Patti Cadby Birch Moroccan Court, constructed on-site at the Met by a team of craftsmen from Fez. According to Dr. Haidar, these works take on a renewed relevance in today’s world, where they can provide much-needed insight into Islamic culture and history. Through art we recognize the intersection of Islamic cultures with other great civilizations and the syncretic themes they gifted the world. She is currently working on a major exhibition: Jahangir: Emperor, Connoisseur, Naturalist of the Mughal Age–scheduled for 2024. Fridays@1 is a series of six annual lectures by prominent speakers on newsworthy subjects followed by a Q&A session and is organized by the Fridays@1 Committee of the Lifelong Peer Learning Program (LP2) at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Register to receive Webinar Link.