Tonight’s event “The Future of U.S.-Muslim World Relations” won’t be a boring discussion on religion but rather an event where students can gain a better understanding of the Islamic world, the Arts and Science Student Council president said. . .

As part of Arts and Sciences Week, the town hall meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Exhibit Hall and is sponsored by many campus organizations, including SGA and the Muslim Student Association.

About 300 people are expected to attend the event, which costs about $3,000 to produce, said Karen Smith, co-adviser for the Arts and Sciences Student Council.

The town hall meeting is part of a discussion series sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy, a group that works to increase college students’ awareness of world issues with events such as the town hall meetings, according to the group’s Web site.

In September 2005, more than 7,500 people in about 60 communities across the nation participated in the Hope Not Hate town hall meetings, according to the Web site.

An OSU professor, two professors from other universities and an executive director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations will answer a pre-determined list of questions to begin the event. . .

Sarwat Husain, one of the panel members, said she hopes that through the town hall meeting, students will realize they shouldn’t rely on other people to relay information that determines their opinion.

“[Students] should learn to study the reality themselves and make up their own minds,” said Husain, president for the San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“Whether Christians, Jews, Muslims, whatever – we are Americans living in this hateful atmosphere that is not good for us,” she said. “It is the responsibility of each one of us to go out and search for the truth because we are Americans.”


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