March 7, 2011


Imam Feisal is participating in these national events to create a forum for open and peaceful dialogue while helping spread the message that all moderate, fair-minded people of faith must stand together to build greater understanding and curb the rising tide of extremism.

When: February 25, 2011 at 6:00pm
Where: American University hosted by the Malaysian American Society
What: “Islam in a Multicultural World: Lesson from (and for) Malaysia and the US”
The speech will focus on Imam Feisal’s experiences and observations about Malaysia and the implications of the Malaysian experience for other countries- including the US- that face similar multiethnic and religious issues.

When: February 27, 2011 at 10:00 am
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
What: J-Street National Conference
“Working Together: The American Jewish & Muslim Communities”
Imam will participate as a panelist that will discuss Jewish-Muslim relations in the United States and how the two communities are working together to foster mutual respect and understanding while overcoming differences in their approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

When: February 27, 2011 at 4:00pm
Where: Friends Meeting of Washington 2111 Florida Ave. NW
What: “Building Bridges of Understanding: Conversation with the Imam”
Friends responded to the controversy over the proposed Islamic Cultural Center in Manhattan by adding their names to the “We Stand with American Muslims” petition which expressed support for Muslims’ right to religious freedom. The Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW) and the Friends Committee on National Legislation will have a “conversation” with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf discussing the events of last summer and how different faith communities can work together and protect their religious liberties and rights.

When: February 28, 2011 at 3- 4:30pm
Where: American University, Tenley Circle
What: The national debate that occurred over the proposed construction of the Muslim Community Center in lower Manhattan raised a number of key issues that resonated throughout New York, America, and the international community. Americans want answers about Islam: Do violent extremists actually speak for the opinions of the majority of Muslims? If not, then where are the moderate Muslim voices? Is Islam a violent religion? Does Islam approve of using violence and terrorism? Does it hinder freedoms and present an obstacle to democracy? Are Muslims in America a threat to America’s national security?
In addition to these reoccurring questions, the democratic revolutions that has spread throughout the Muslim world has raised several questions such as: the role of religious leadership in a time of crisis, both the opportunities and challenges of the relationship between democracy and Islam, the empowerment of civil society, and the role of both mainstream media and social media.

When: March 1, 2011 at 10:30am
Where: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs, Georgetown University
What: “Religion in American Politics & Society: A Model for Other Countries?”
This symposium will consist of three panels, each of which will examine the question of religion and politics from a differing religious perspective. Imam Feisal will be discussing the view and development of the American Muslim narrative.

When: March 1, 2011 at 6:00pm
Where: Georgetown University, Lohrfink Auditorium
What: Comparing and contrasting church/state relations in America and in the Muslim world. The lecture will also focus on Cordoba House at Park51 and the recent protests that have sparked throughout the Muslim world

When: March 9, 2011 at 11:30am
Where: The Interchurch Center
What: “Jerusalem: Violence, Peace, and the Religious Imagination”
A conversation with Imam Feisal, James Carroll, Serene Jones and Rabbi Visotzky based on James Carroll’s new book entitled: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World”

When: March 9, 2011 at 8:00pm
Where: Columbia University, Roone Arledge Auditorium
What: A Conversation with Imam Feisal & Dean Peter Awn

When: March 16, 2011 at 7:30pm
Where: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hyde Hall University Room
What: Weil Lecture Series on American Citizenship to be delivered by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
“Unfinished Dreams: America, Religion and Citizenship”

When: March 17, 2011 at 12:00pm
Where: Duke University, Gothic Chapel
What: An Interfaith Conversation with Imam Feisal & Dr. Sam Wells, Dean of the Chapel about the challenges and promises of interfaith cooperation.

When: March 23, 2011 at 5:00pm
Where: Yale University, Sheffield-Sterling Strathcona Hall
What: “Working Together: Interfaith Collaboration” – A Conversation with Imam Feisal & Rabbi James Ponet

When: April 26, 2011 at 6:00pm
Where: Hilton Chicago Hotel
What: Chicago Council: “Religious Pluralism & Muslims in the United States”
Since the summer of 2010, the debate over a proposed Muslim community center adjacent to the Ground Zero site has diminished, but the issue is one that has the potential to stir up a myriad of strong and diverse opinions. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, asserts that this center is the ultimate symbol of American pluralism and tolerance, and an opportunity for interfaith dialogue. Join Abdul Rauf in conversation with Eboo Patel, as they discuss the controversy surrounding this community center, the way this debate has been perceived domestically and internationally, its impact on the Muslim community in the U.S., and lessons learned for the interfaith movement.

When: April 27, 2011
Where: Portland, Oregon
What: Q Gathering

When: May 4, 2011 at 8:00pm
Where: UCLA, Royce Hall
What: A Conversation with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

When: May 6, 2011
Where: Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave East, Seattle
What: “I am my Brother’s Keeper: Confronting Islamophobia”
An interfaith symposium in which a group of Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders will discuss the major issues confronting Muslim-Americans.

When: June 24, 2011 at 10:45 am
Where: Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina
What: Imam Feisal will have a conversation with the President of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, William Schultz about “Having Faith in America”

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