Join Islamophobia expert and author Professor Todd Green from Luther College to discuss the release of the second edition of his book Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West.
Director Regina Mustafa will offer a welcoming address to attendees then sit down with Todd to discuss his book and why he continues to write about this form of racism. We will then facilitate a Q&A session with the audience. Instances of violence and hate speech against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have increased nationally since the 2016 elections,
including Minnesota and right here in Rochester. Professor Green has spoken to audiences across the nation and internationally and has bridged communities together around this critical topic of our time. We will discuss the roots of Islamophobia, what it means today, and how bridges of understanding can be formed going forward.
The goal of the program is to offer a basic level of understanding of what Islamophobia is, how it manifests in society, and how we can distinguish it from a healthy dialogue and discourse about Islam and any religious or spiritual tradition. Another goal is to unite community members from different backgrounds and form an appreciation of cultural and religious traditions, not a fear of them.
Presented in partnership with the Rochester Public Library and the Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI).