Reza Aslan to Speak at Notre Dame College

Reza Aslan to Speak at Notre Dame

Internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions Dr. Reza Aslan will deliver the Abrahamic Center Distinguished Lecture about Islamophobia in America at Notre Dame College on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.

Dr. Aslan is the author of the international bestseller “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” which has been named by Blackwell Publishers as one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of “How to Win a Cosmic War,” a contributing editor to The Daily Beast, and a member of many prominent foreign relations and policy councils.

Dr. Aslan is also the editor of “Tablet and Pen,” a literary anthology that uses the arts to bridge the gap of understanding between East and West. He appears regularly in the media, on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” among other high profile outlets.

Dr. Reza Aslan will deliver the Abrahamic Center Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 3.
Dr. Reza Aslan will deliver the Abrahamic Center Distinguished Lecture.

In his talk titled “Ten Years Later: Fighting Islamophobia and Understanding Muslims,” against a swell of rising anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S., Dr. Aslan sidesteps the division of “us” versus “them” to deliver a timely and resonating presentation on strengthening U.S.-Muslim relations.

Dr. Aslan provides incisive and compelling answers to these vital questions: What has happened in the last 10 years to move anti-Muslim rhetoric from the fringes into the mainstream? Why do more Americans view Muslims negatively today than during the immediate aftermath of September 11? What does the tide of Islamophobia say about America 10 years after that tragic day? And how do our words affect America's security at a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East?

Hosted by Notre Dame’s Abrahamic Center and sponsored by Medical Mutual, Dr. Aslan will speak in the College’s Regina Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. The event is free and open to the public on a first come/first served basis. The expected audience includes attendees from Cleveland’s diverse faith communities including Muslim, Christian and Jewish participants.

Dr. Aslan’s topic speaks to the heart of the Abrahamic Center’s mission of placing interfaith respect, tolerance and social justice at the core of the college experience. The Center is devoted to developing such programs, which foster mutual respect among all peoples, and celebrate religious, racial and cultural diversity, for the College and the Greater Cleveland community.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. The Regina Hall Auditorium is located at 1857 South Green Road. For further information contact Dr. Michael Bloom, director of the Abrahamic Center, at 216.373.6383 or mbloom@ndc.edu.