Islamophobia in our midst – A symposium


In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another. 

We will not give in to fear.  Barack Obama 

“Confronting Islamophobia: Promoting Human Rights in Public Policy” is the powerful theme of a symposium set for Thursday evening, September 29, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis. (U of M West Bank)

Keynote speaker is John Bowen, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. Participants will explore how we as a society can work to address and overcome prejudice and shape our public policy to ensure human rights for all people.

As one feature of the evening guests may join a guided tour of the Tracks in the Snow exhibit; the exhibit provides a glimpse into the lives of one of the least known and rapidly expanding populations in America and in Minnesota – the Muslim community in which Minnesotans share personal stories of their experiences. The goal of the exhibit is to offer visitors deeper insight into the true lives of Muslims who live, work, shop, worship and otherwise share the communities in which we live.

Joining the Advocates for Human Rights as co-sponsors are the Islamic Resource Group ( and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. (

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Questions? Contact The Advocates, 612 341 3302,



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