Professor Appleby to speak in U.N. discussion of Islamophobia



R. Scott Appleby, professor of history and John M. Regan Director of Notre Dames Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will speak December 7 (Tuesday) at the United Nations headquarters in New York during a seminar entitled “Confronting Islamophobia: Education for Tolerance and Understanding.”

Appleby, a scholar who specializes in religious fundamentalism, has written and lectured extensively on the roots of religious violence and the potential of religious peace building.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will open the seminar, which has been organized by the U.N. Department of Public Information as part of a series on “Unlearning Intolerance.” The seminars are intended to examine various manifestations of intolerance and to explore ways to promote respect and understanding. Tuesdays discussions will offer perspectives on Islamophobia, on the role of education in fostering tolerance and understanding, and on ideas for confronting Islamophobia more effectively.

Appleby will participate in a discussion on education with Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University; Azizah Y. al-Hibri, professor of law at the University of Richmond and president of KARAMAH:Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights;Calvin O. Butts, III, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City; Noah Feldman, associate professor of law, New York University; and Panchapakesa Jayaraman, executive director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, USA (the Institute of Indian Culture).

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_ * Julie Titone, director of communications of the Kroc Institute, at 574-631-8819 or " " . ( The seminar runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on the Internet at “”: .)

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