The Center for Community Engagement is partnering with the Department of International and Global Studies and the Office of the QEP to host Muslims In America, an event series designed to address controversial aspects of the current debates surrounding the character and impact of the religion of Islam.
Judeo-Christian-Islamic Values: One God!
January 21, 2016 at 6pm in Willingham Auditorium
The first event, Judeo-Christian-Islamic Values: One God!, is an interfaith panel featuring Rabbi Larry Schlesinger from Temple Beth Israel in Macon, Pastor Scott Dickison from First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, and Imam Adam Fofana from the Islamic Center of Middle Georgia in Centerville. Dr. Craig McMahan, Mercer’s University Minister, will moderate.
Radicalization: The Causes and Spread of Extremism
February 9, 2016 at 6pm in Willingham Auditorium
In February, we will welcome Jeff Battcher, a native to Macon, who is an experienced public relations executive and served as an advisor to the United Nations in their efforts to combat Boko Haram, the extremist terrorist group in Nigeria. He will be discussing the different modes of communication used to both spread and combat radicalization.
The Muslims are Coming!: The Truth Behind Islamization, Shari’a, and Jihad
March 22, 2016 at 6pm in Willingham Auditorium
Dr. Abbas Barzegar, a professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, will speak in March to address many of the concerns raised in the media and by presidential candidates regarding the spread of Islam in the United States and the beliefs of Muslims. He will delve into hot button issues like Shari’a Law, the meaning of jihad, and the spread of Islam in the United States.
Religious Dialogue: The Solutions for Peace
April 19, 2016 at 6pm in Willingham Auditorium
April will close the series on a positive note, featuring Mansa Bilal Mark King, a professor of sociology at Morehouse College. Dr. King will explore the vital role of productive interfaith dialogue in ending conflict and building positive outcomes. Following the event will be a special reception hosted by the Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia. The reception will serve as an opportunity to put interfaith dialogue into practice.
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