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February 23, 20174:30PM
3260 South Street
Fear Inc.: Confronting Islamophobia in AmericaLevin Family Dean's Forum
Featuring internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions Reza Aslan.
In a world where Muslim people are so often painted with one sweeping prejudicial brush, Reza Aslan’s principled and logical defense is a direly needed corrective. Rich in historical and factual detail, his talk is a wake-up call for North Americans to confront and abolish hatred and discrimination against Muslim people—otherwise known as Islamophobia. As the American Muslim population is predicted to more than double over the next two decades (from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030), eradicating Islamophobia for good should be first and foremost in the minds of everyone who dreams of a more peaceful, equitable world.
Aslan is the author of the New York Times bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which was named by Blackwell Publishers as one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He will be the host of Believer, CNN’s forthcoming show on world religions. A member of many prominent foreign relations and policy councils, Aslan has degrees in religion from Santa Clara University, Harvard, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. This year, he has been named the recipient of the James Joyce Award and an Honorary Fellowship of the Literary and Historical Society, Europe’s largest university society.
The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is a celebration of the arts and sciences. Initiated in 1984, the Forum presents leading intellectual figures who exemplify the richness of the liberal arts. It also recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for their academic achievement and intellectual promise. The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is made possible by a generous gift from Stephen A. Levin, C’67, in honor of his sons Eric T. Levin, C’92, and Andrew Levin, C'14.
Free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.