Scholar to Discuss Impact of Religion on Culture, Institutions, Public Policy

April 3, 2014

Is religious freedom under attack in the United States? Is the separation of church and state under threat? 

Amer Ahmed, from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, will address these issues and more in a lecture at Bradley University on April 14. Titled "Religious Pluralism or Religious Privilege? The Impact of Religion on our Culture, Institutions and Public Policy," the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Marty Theatre in the Michel Student Center. It is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Ahmed is a scholar, intercultural diversity consultant, and Associate Director for the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His engaging multi-media presentations are truly transformative, addressing a range of critical questions that are especially important in the current climate of prejudice and bigotry toward Muslim people in the United States. 

Born in Springfield, Ohio, to Indian Muslim immigrants, he has dedicated his life to engaging and facilitating diversity across human difference. His education, world experiences and his Indian-Muslim-American upbringing help him understand the need for respect and dignity of all people. Following his graduate studies at Indiana University, he served as Director of Intercultural Programs at Loras College and later at Concordia College. 

The event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Asian Studies Program and the Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee.