Daisy Khan, the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, talked about the rise of Islamophobia in America since the 9/11 attacks in a student seminar and public lecture on September 14 as the first guest in the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts’ series on Religion and the Public Square. Khan experienced Islamophobia personally after she and her husband proposed building a Muslim community center and mosque near Ground Zero in New York.
Members of the Mount Holyoke and local communities have the chance to hear from two more speakers in the Religion and the Public Square series. Best-selling author and public policy expert Robert Putnam will examine how religion divides and unites us on Thursday, October 13, and the University of Chicago’s Jean Bethke Elshtain will discuss religious discourse and public life on Tuesday, November 15. For more information, visit the Weissman Center’s website.