MARION – Chantelle Blackburn, Hispanic ministry coordinator for St. Mary Church, speaks often of peace. She admits that wasn’t the word that came to mind when she thought of Islam.

“(I thought) that it was a pretty violent religion and did promote radicalism,” said Blackburn. After taking an Arabic studies class at The Ohio State University at Marion, she said she plans to be among those trying to change that misconception.

The Marion Campus will host “Islam: The Misunderstood Religion,” a panel discussion, 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday in the OSUM Student Services Building’s Guthery Community Room.

The panel, which will be moderated by OSUM associate professor of economics Hassan Aly, will feature Blackburn, OSUM French and Arabic senior lecturer Zuheir Alidib and Council on American-Islamic Relations Board vice chair Ahmad Al-Akhras as its panelists. The event is free and open to the public.


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