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CAIR-Minnesota to Hold Third Annual Challenging Islamophobia Conference with National Experts

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/20/19) – On Thursday, March 28, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold its third annual “Challenging Islamophobia Conference” IN St. Paul, Minn. The conference brings together leading national experts on Islamophobia and community leaders in Minnesota to address how to challenge anti-Muslim bigotry.

The recent terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand tragically demonstrate the effects of Islamophobia and extreme hatred and bigotry. This event is the largest regional conference on challenging Islamophobia in the nation.

WHAT: Challenging Islamophobia Conference

WHEN: Thursday, March 28th, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

WHERE: Metro State University St. Paul Campus, 700 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070,


Topics addressed at this daylong forum, co-sponsored and hosted by Metropolitan State University, include the Islamophobia industry, the intersection of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and white nationalism, the impact of Islamophobia and hate, and Greater Minnesota challenges.

Breakout sessions will address the challenges of Islamophobia-based bullying, responding to hate in Minnesota, and the Interfaith Response network. This conference aims to inform and equip participants to challenge Islamophobia in their own lives and work settings.

Conference speakers include:

  • Khaled Beydoun: a leading scholar on Islamophobia and senior affiliated faculty member at the University of California-Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project
  • Heidi Beirich: leader of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Intelligence Project and expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist and neo-Confederate movements
  • Arjun Sethi:community activist and civil rights lawyer, as well as the author of American Hate: Survivors Speak Out
  • Todd Green: professor of religion, public scholar, and author on challenging Islamophobia and championing interfaith collaboration
  • Abbas Barzegar: director of research and advocacy at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, spearheading the effort to document Islamophobia
  • Hatem Bazian: co-founder and professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, and founder of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, University of California-Berkeley.

Last year’s Challenging Islamophobia Conference drew more than 250 attendees, including school administrators, government employees, corporate diversity and inclusion leaders, non-profit leaders, elected officials, students, and community activists.

Metropolitan State and CAIR-MN encourages media to attend this event at the St. Paul Campus, New Main, 700 East 7th Street.

This event, organized by CAIR-MN, is co-sponsored by Metropolitan State University’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Office of Equity, Inclusion and Affirmative Action, and College of Liberal Arts, and the Cedar Cultural Center, Common Roots Catering, Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project, Japanese American Citizens League, Sierra Club-North Star Chapter, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, the University of Minnesota’s James H. Binger Center for New Americans, White Bear Universalist Unitarian Church, Rise (Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment), MN350, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Rabbi Michael Adam Latz Rabbinic Discretionary Fund, Shir Tikvah, and Afghan Cultural Society

Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is the Twin Cities’ public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning, and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.  


CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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