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2008.03.31 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Hosts Regional Muslim Conference April 19

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), Religious Studies Department and Center for Islamic Studies will host “Diversity, Identity and Difference” Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is the first time the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North American Regional Conference will be held at UNO.

The conference brings together a wide range of scholarly voices in the social sciences to examine what it means to be Muslim. Since the concept of identity is influenced by political ideologies, culture, technologies, traditions and religious belief systems, examining social and political boundaries is essential in defining individual and collective Muslim identities.

Asma Afsaruddin of Notre Dame University will serve as keynote speaker.

The day’s additional panel discussions are as follows. All events will take place in Roskens Hall on the UNO campus, Room 010A.

• “Muslim Identities as Constructed by the Media” by Michelle Byng, Temple University;
• “Deconstructing Muslim Stereotypes” by Aneesah Nadir, Arizona State University;
• “How Religious, Cultural and Political Boundaries Define Muslim Identities” by Mahmoud Ayoub, Temple University;
• “Compassion and Understanding through Inter-faith and Intra-faith Dialogue” by Yetkin Yildirim, University of Texas at Austin;
• “Islam and Modernity” by Simon Wood, UNL;
• “Sufism: Its Unifying Elements” by Guy Matalon, UNO;
• “Integration, Assimilation and Resistance: Indigenous vs. Immigrant Muslims in North America” by Mohamed Nimer, Council on American-Islamic Relations;
• “Islamic Praxis: The Key to Personal Agency and Religious Authority” by Louay Safi, Islamic Society of North American; and
• “Feminism: An Islamic Perspective” by Margaret Rausch, University of Kansas.

Registration is required, which includes lunch and refreshments. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. UNO students can attend the conference for free, and can purchase lunch for $15.

For more information, contact Bridget Blomfield, conference chair, at bblomfield@mail.unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2628.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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