I am very pleased to announce that Humanities Nebraska released a grant for UNO Islamic Studies Program to continue its signature program of “Dialogue with Muslim Communities in Omaha.” This is the fourth year of the program, and the theme of the series in 2018-2019 will be “Muslims and Religious Pluralism in the United States.”
In this program, which is organized by Islamic Studies Program and supported by Humanities Nebraska, we have hosted 6 national speakers so far to speak on various aspects of American Muslim experience. In this series, in an effort to promote dialogue, attendees break up into groups and discuss the talk, and then ask questions or make comments to the speaker. Here is the list of the speakers that we hosted within this series.
2015-2016 Theme: American Muslims
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Reed College
Can American Muslims Define a Multicultural America?
Edward Curtis, Indiana University/Purdue University
Black Muslim Contributions to US History and Culture
2016-2017 Theme: American Muslim Woman
Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Purdue University
Black, Muslim, and Woman in America
Najeeba Syeed, Claremont Theological Seminary
Muslim Women, Violence, and Peacekeeping
2017-2018 Theme: Muslim Immigrants and Refugees
Junaid Rana, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Immigrants, Muslims, Refugees, and the Problem of Racism
Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University
Understanding Syria through Refugee Stories
Dialogue with Muslim Communities in Omaha has been a great addition to our existing programs of Islamic Studies Program such as movie screenings, lectures, conferences, and talks.