Global Studies Plans Week of Awareness: Islam and Muslims in America

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Global Studies Program will present “Islam and Muslims in America: Classroom, Community and Crossroads, A Week of Awareness” March 2-4.

Several programs will explore a variety of issues including the practice of Islam in America, service and social justice, and living Islam in Lincoln, Nebraska. The week will conclude with the screening of “New Muslim Cool,” a documentary about the life of hip hop artist Hamza Perez.

The following is a schedule of events:

Tuesday, March 2
The Practice of Islam in America, panel discussion by Lincoln area students, moderated by NWU religion professor Rita Lester, 2-3 p.m., Old Main Chapel

Wednesday, March 3
Lunch featuring speaker Zainab Al-Baaj, Director of the MENA-Hope Center, Muslim and local activist familiar with the intricacies of considering religious background in relation to service and social justice. 11 a.m.- noon, President’s Dining Room, Story Student Center. Lunch reservations are required. Email Alexandra Hartmann at ahartma1@nebrwesleyan.edu.

Community Conversation: “Living Islam” by Zainab Al-Baaj. She will discuss the obstacles, challenges and inspiration to living in Lincoln as a Muslim American. Noon-1 p.m., Callen Conference Center.

Thursday, March 4
Documentary New Muslim Cool, 8 p.m., Callen Conference Center. The documentary follows the life of Puerto Rican American Muslim hip-hop star Hamza Perez and his ride through the streets, projects and jail cells of urban America as he confronts the realities of the post-9/11 world.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Maxine Fawcett-Yeske at 465.2291 or email mfy@nebrwesleyan.edu.

 

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