Thursday, March 29, 2007

Islam in Conversation Week : Wesleyan April 9-13

MSA and Chaplains Office at Wesleyan presents

Islam in Conversation Week:
Dialogue Through the Arts

April 9-13th, 2007

Wesleyan University * Middletown, CT 06459

Everyone is cordially invited to attend and participate in what promises to be an enlightening and educational week of films, lectures, conversations, and performances on Muslim life, culture, and experience. Our presenters, who are as international as China and as local as Hartford, come to us with diverse backgrounds as award winning filmmakers, respected scholars, and world renowned calligrapher. Please bring your friends and spread the word!

Monday, April 9: Window into American Muslim Life
Fisk Hall 302 (262 High St), 7pm

A short film, A Sons Sacrifice, follows the journey of Imran, a young American Muslim who struggles to take over his father's halal slaughterhouse in New York City. A first-generation American, Imran must confront his mixed heritage and gain acceptance from his father's immigrant community at the traditional storefront slaughterhouse. On the holiest day of the year, Imran must lead a sacrifice that will define him as a Muslim, as an American, and as a son. [].

Conversation with co-producers Musa Syeed and Yoni Brook, award winning filmmakers, will follow the screening of this film.

Tuesday, April 10: Exposing Bias: Islamaphobia in the Media
Russell House (350 High St), 6pm

Lecture by Omer Bajwa on his groundbreaking masters thesis at Cornell University on media portrayals of Islam and Muslims.

Wednesday, April 11: Critical Analysis: Sunni-Shia Relations in the Media
Public Affairs Center 002 (238 Church St), 7pm

Depictions of Sunni-Shia relations in the media, distinguishing facts from fiction. Conversation with a Sunni, Suendam Birinci, and a Shia, Ayat Agah, from the highly prestigious Hartford Seminary.

Thursday, April 12: A Muslim Filmmaker's Search for Dialogue and Peace
Public Affairs Center 004 (238 Church St), 7pm

Lecture by Alex Kronemer, an award winning filmmaker and scholar of comparative religion. Kronemer is the other co-producer of Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, and the upcoming films Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain, and Prince Among Slaves. []

Friday, April 13: Photo Essay of Islam in China
Russell House (350 High St), 4:15pm

Rare insight into a marvelous history, place, and people with world-renowned
Chinese master calligrapher, Haji Noor Deen.

Friday April 13: Praise in Ink: The Art of Islamic Calligraphy
Russell House (350 High St), 7:30pm

Lecture and art demonstration on Islamic calligraphy by world-renowned Chinese Muslim master calligrapher, Haji Noor Deen, on the rich tradition of art and beauty in Islam. This is your chance to learn from a great artist and to purchase his artwork.

Questions? Contact Sohaib Sultan at or 860.685.2285.

Wesleyan University * Middletown, CT 06459