Journalist, Author to Examine ‘Islamophobia’ in Free Lecture
Published on October 21, 2011
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, American journalist, columnist and author, will discuss myths and misperceptions about Islam, and why he believes “Islamophobia” is America’s new fear industry, Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Isaacs Auditorium, located in Seibert Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.
Schwartz is executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, a think tank that seeks to educate the American public about the reality of moderate Islam, and to help American Muslims integrate as an equal and respected religious community into the American interfaith environment. Schwartz has been published in a variety of media outlets, most notably The Wall Street Journal, and has authored many articles and books, including “The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa’ud From Tradition to Terror.”
Susquehanna faculty will have the opportunity to gather strategies for religious and cultural inclusivity in the classroom over a lunchtime exchange with Schwartz earlier in the day. The lunch session and lecture are both part of this year’s Maximizing Cultural Competency program at the university, a series of lectures, performances and workshops intended to prompt and sustain dialogue on cultural issues.
“Susquehanna University faculty and staff play a key role in helping to create a diverse living and learning community that is based on knowledge about and respect for individual differences,” said Lisa Scott, special assistant to the president and chief diversity officer. “By providing tools and resources to the university community, we hope to increase the visibility of the natural connections between diversity, inclusion and social justice on our campus.”
Karen M. Jones