JUNE 21, 2012 6:30 – 8:15PM
199 LAFAYETTE STREET, THIRD FLOOR
JUST PAST SPRING AT KENMARE—AND UPSTAIRS FROM LA ESQUINA!
Young, well-educated, and ethnically diverse, many American Muslims have achieved the American Dream. But in the post-9/11 world, Muslims face a complex political reality: extremists aim to obscure that diversity in a cloud of fundamentalism, while fear of law enforcement surveillance and rising Islamophobia from mainstream political actors has more and more Muslims uncertain about their place in the American political landscape.
In this election year, we'll explore how Islam has become a political football, what Muslims themselves are doing about it, and how major political parties should engage this segment of the electorate. Speakers will focus on New York's 800,000 strong Muslim community, how American Muslims' views of President Obama have evolved, and whether the right could be a more natural home for American Muslims than the left.
Founder, American Muslims for Obama (2008)
National Advocacy Director, National Network for Arab American Communities
Director, Islam and Civil Society Project
The Witherspoon Institute
Research Fellow, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation
Associate Editor, Religion Dispatches