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ENRICH-0016 – Curr Iss: Being Muslim in America Panel (ENRICH-0016_MUSL)

Being Muslim in America Today: A Panel Discussion

America’s Muslims make up the most diverse Muslim community in the world, and one of the United States’ most diverse religious groups. Roughly 65 percent of Muslim Americans are foreign born, coming from over 75 countries. Around 25 percent are African Americans and roughly the same number are South Asian in origin. Muslim Americans mirror the American average in terms of college education rates and annual household income, and typically work in professional fields like medicine, law, engineering and information technology. The well-known mosque-finder site lists 21 mosques in Colorado, and Denver is home to several vibrant Muslim communities. Yet, with Muslims making up just over 1 percent of the U.S. population, many Americans have never met or spoken with a Muslim. Complicating misperceptions are headlines dominated by the violent acts of extremists, leading to a sharp increase in anti-Muslim sentiments and actions. (Between 2015 and 2016, anti-Muslim hate crimes increased 44 percent.) During this unsettling time, what can we learn about our Muslim neighbors? Who are they and what do they represent? What is it like to be a Muslim in America today? In this special panel discussion moderated by Andrea Stanton, associate professor of Islamic Studies, six local Muslim Americans share their experiences and answer your questions.

One evening
Tue., 7-9 pm, Oct. 10, 2017
Location: Room 281/Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall, DU campus
FREE; registration required

The panelists:
Ismail Akbulut is a software architect at Johns Manville and president of the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation, which works to promote inter-cultural and inter-religious understanding. Born and raised in Germany, of Turkish background, in 2007 he and his family moved to Colorado.
Dr. Nabeeh Hasan is a biomedical researcher at National Jewish Health and graduate faculty at the University of Colorado, specializing in genomics of infectious lung diseases. He is the co-director of the Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau.
Iman Jodeh is the co-founder and executive director of Meet the Middle East, which aims to educate Americans on Middle Eastern culture, religion, geography, history, and politics. She serves on the board of directors of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, and as spokesperson for the Colorado Muslim Society.
Monir Ludin is the founding CEO of Pike Worldwide, a business consultancy. He has served as Chair of the Steering Committee of Denver’s Abrahamic Initiative, and on the steering committee of Muslims Intent on Learning & Activism, which engages Muslim Americans in community service and interfaith dialogue.
Qusair Mohamedbhai, attorney, is a partner at Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC, which has handled some of Colorado’s most high-profile civil rights and employment discrimination cases. He was named Colorado LGBT Bar Association Ally of the Year (2016) and earned a 5280 Magazine “Top Lawyers” Civil Rights designation in 2015 and 2016.
Chelsea Rieu-Torrez is an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Denver, majoring in art history. In 2015, she was one of five recipients of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation academic scholarship. She converted to Islam in 2010, and plans a career in art restoration.
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 55Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $0


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Tuesday10th October 201710th October 201707:00PM - 09:00PMSturm HallAndrea Stanton