Secularism, Islam, & Democracy - Muslims in Europe and the West

Document Date: April 8, 2010

Is there a fundamental clash of values between secularism and Islam and between freedom of expression and freedom of religion? In what ways are Muslims living in the West contributing to their democratic societies? Can Islam exist as a Western religion? Is it a Western religion already?

AAUP, ACLU, PEN American Center, and Slate present a panel discussion featuring:

Tariq Ramadan
(Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, Oxford University – in his first U.S. appearance since he was barred from the country in 2004)

Dalia Mogahed
(Senior Analyst and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies)

George Packer
(Staff Writer, The New Yorker, and author of Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade)

Joan Wallach Scott
(Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, and author of The Politics of the Veil)

Moderated by Jacob Weisberg
(Journalist and Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group)

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue, NYC
$15/$10 for PEN/ACLU members and students with a valid ID.

Tickets available at the door.

For press inquiries, please contact Isabelle Deconinck at or (212) 727-7662 or Rachel Myers at or (212) 549-2666.

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