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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Amer Ahmed : “Islamophobia” – Beyond the Myths, Breaking Down the Barriers

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Many people in post 911 America are at best confused about Islam and Muslims in general and particularly in the US. We in the Associated Students are bringing in a terrific key note speaker, Amer Ahmed to address some of these issues. More details about the event follow. I am happy to supply free tickets for your congregation and just need to know how many (prefer a group order) and where to send them. This is also a great opportunity to see the not yet quite open Green Music Center which is really fabulous.
I hope you and your membership can make it.


Bruce Berkowitz
SSU Associated Students Program Coordinator

Amer Ahmed : “Islamophobia” – Beyond the Myths, Breaking Down the Barriers

SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, December 2nd, 2010- Intercultural diversity consultant and college administrator, spoken word poet, Hip Hop activist, Amer Ahmed wears many hats. As a practicing Indian American Muslim with an international background and cultural awareness, Amer will shed light on the importance of respect and dignity of all people on Thursday December 2nd, 2010 at 7:00pm in the Green Music Center Concert Hall free of charge but tickets are required.
Amer Ahmed’s engaging multi-media presentation, Islam: Beyond the Myths, Breaking Down the Barriers, is truly transformative, addressing a range of critical questions that are especially important in the post 9/11 climate of prejudice and bigotry toward Muslim people in the United States:
- What are the tenets of the faith and who are its followers?
- What implications does a lack of knowledge of Islam and Muslims in the United States have on our campuses, in our workplaces and communities?
- How do advocates for diversity, social justice and inclusion challenge the dominant narratives about Muslims framed by popular media?
What has also become clear in light of recent anti-Muslim rhetoric is that most non-Muslims in the U.S. know little about the actual religion and its followers.
Amer strives to be an inspiration to young people all over the globe who see purpose in
pursuing their dreams and life goals. He stresses the important need to identify one’s own talents and positions in which we can enact what he calls “Realistic Idealism”. Today, Amer currently serves at the Hip Hop Congress and his diligent work continues to prove that the Hip Hop generation has the power to shape its own future through passionate energy and a dedication and determination to create positive change. Amer Ahmed currently works at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he serves as Associate Director for the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.

Free tickets are available in the SSU Student Union.
This enlightening program is brought to you by Associated Students Productions in cooperation with the SSU Multi Cultural Center, Congregation Shomrei Torah Social Action Committee and the North Bay Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Group. For more information please contact 707-664-2382 or visit the ASP website at www.sonoma.edu/as/asp.

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