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9/11 Primer: The Epoch of the Peacemakers.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:30pm

The American Friends Service Committee, the Council on American Islamic Relationships, and the Chicago Fringe Festival will partner with HumanThread to present 9/11 Primer: The Epoch of the Peacemakers.

9/11 Primer will memorialize 9/11 and reaffirm the role of artists as peacemakers.

It will be held at Meridian Stage, 1932 S. Halsted, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., on September 11. Admission is free.

The program will include:

Muslims in America and Islamophobia

Nihad Awad, co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), speaks at a 2011 Muslims in America and Islamophobia event in North Carolina. 

Muslims in America and Islamophobia

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Mother Son Mural

Windows and Mirrors Panel

Mother and Child mural developed by Guilford College students.

National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, DC, America's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Nihad Awad is featured in The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre's "500 Most Influential Muslims 2009." Arabian Business magazine ranked Mr. Awad among 100 of the "World's Most Influential Arabs" for 2010.

An Islamic Voice for Peace

Samar Sarhan is a Palestinian-American serving as a Middle East Peace Apprentice with AFSC's Iowa program. She made the following remarks representing her own views at the Des Moines rally marking the 8th anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq.

Understanding Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 3:00pm

This is the topic of MFSA's Spring Regional Gatherings. This will be an opportunity to learn about the Islamic faith, and to have fellowship and dialogue with some of our Muslim brothers and sisters. Speakers for this event are Mahmoud Hamad and Amro Luai.

(The MFSA Cedar Rapids Gathering will be on Saturday, March 12,abeginning at 10:00 AM at the Mother Mosque, 1335 9th Ave. NW,in Cedar Rapids,hosted by Imam Taha Tawil.  Following lunch (on your own) the Gatheting will move to the Islamic Center, 2999 1st Ave. SW,at 1:00 PM,Tim Hyatt, host.)

Chomsky and Sarwar - Days of Hope and Challenge: Understanding the Middle East and South/Central Asia

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

An evening with renowned social analyst Noam Chomsky and Pakistani journalist
and human rights leader Beena Sarwar.

A Benefit Program for AFSC’s Peace & Economic Security Program.

Talk: 7-8:30
Suggested Contribution: $10
Students: $5

Reception with speakers: 8:30-10
$50 Suggested Contribution

Audio from Islam, Islamophobia, and Muslims in America

Recorded on October 19th, 2010.  This event discussed anti-Muslim rhetoric in the U.S. since the September 11th attacks.  While some media commentators seem to be encouraging stereotypes and misconceptions, many interfaith dialogue groups have provided an opportunity for Americans to become more acquainted with Islam and American Muslims.  They explore who makes up the American Muslim community, their positions on issues such as terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and why Islamophobia is on the increase today.

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