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Award-winning author Reza Aslan to discuss Middle East events

Story by Kate Chester.

Reza Aslan, internationally acclaimed writer, author and scholar of religions, will visit the Sylvania Campus and share his thoughts on politics, faith, culture, and recent events in the Middle East. Aslan will speak from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3 in the Performing Arts Center Lobby, Sylvania Campus. This lecture is free and open to students, staff, faculty and the public.

The Daily Beast's Reza Aslan, award-winning and best-selling author, will speak about the Middle East on Thursday, March 3 at the Sylvania Campus.

The implosion in Tunisia’s government this year has created a ripple effect throughout the Middle East, catapulting the region to global media headlines. Aslan, author of the international best-seller “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” and a regular contributor to The Daily Beast,” will address current events in the Middle East and more.

He will touch on a variety of intersecting aspects of life in the Middle East, including:

  • The meaning of “Islam’s reformation.”
  • Commonalities and differences among monotheistic religions.
  • Terrorism and fundamentalism: Root causes.
  • Demographics and economics: Their imprint on the region’s future.
  • American media coverage of Islam, Muslims and Arabs.
  • Democracy, Dictatorships, Autocracies: Past, present and future.

The event results from Portland Community College’s Internationalization Initiative, which offers opportunities and services to advance intercultural competence and global understanding. The talk is co-sponsored by the Institute for Christian-Muslim UnderstandingSylvania Multicultural Center and Sylvania’s student government.