(COLUMBUS, OH, 01/23/08) - On Saturday, February 2, the Columbus office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OH) will host a panel discussion entitled "Beyond Stereotypes: Islamophobia and the War on Terror” at Ohio State University.
Panelists will include:
* Dr. Peter Gottschalk, Associate Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University and co-author of “Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy”;
* Dr. Daniel Tokaji, Associate Professor of Law at Ohio State University Law School;
* Dr. Mohamed Nimer, CAIR National Research Director and author of “Islamophobia & Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies.”
The panelists will discuss attitudes about Islam and how these may be shaped by media images, political statements, and other factors including the actions of Muslim extremists.
"Islamophobia refers to fear and prejudice against the religion of Islam and its adherents, and inevitably translates into acts of bias, discrimination, and even violence against Muslims," said CAIR-Ohio Legal Director Jennifer Nimer. "Unfortunately, Islamophobia has become today's acceptable form of instutionalized racism."
WHAT: Panel Discussion: "Beyond Stereotypes: Islamophobia and the War on Terror."
WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2008, 6:30 p.m. registration & book sale, 7 p.m. panel discussion
WHERE: Ohio State University, Hagerty Hall, Room 180, 1755 College Rd., Columbus, OH
The event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided.
CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.