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URI students host ‘Muslims and Current Events’ program

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 16, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Island Muslim Students Association is sponsoring a Muslim Outreach Program, “Muslims and Current Events,” on Saturday, Sept. 18 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

The program begins with dinner at 6 p.m. and a welcome given by
Nasser Zawia, a professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Pharmacy.

“The Muslim community here at URI wants to encourage greater understanding of Muslims and current events in the world,” Zawia said.
“The program will enhance people’s understanding of what conflicts are going on in the world today, and how different powers use these for political gain.”

He said the program will expose participants to a Muslim point of view, and information about other cultures. “We want to promote more understanding, because when there is more understanding, there is less animosity,” Zawia said.

The schedule follows:

• “Introduction to Islam,” at 7:10 p.m with Awadh A. Binhazim, professor of Islam at Vanderbilt University;

• “Beyond Islam: What Americans need to understand about Muslim
Movements,” at 7:30 p.m with Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, professor of
anthropology at Rhode Island College;

• “Is There Really a Clash of Civilizations?” with M. Shahid Alam, professor of economics at Northeastern University;

• “Intercultural Understanding as a Basis for Ethnic and Religious Diversity,” with Debbie Almontaser, coordinator of External Programs and Diversity, New York City Department of Education;

• “What Muslims Can Learn from the Civil Rights Movement,” with Bernard LaFayette, Jr., director of the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace
Studies.

A question-and-answer period with the speakers will follow. Admission is $10 for students and $20 for non-students. For tickets, 401-874-5909 or 401-295-0936