[act-ma] Ford Hall Forum presents "You Don't Know Us: Voices from the Moderate Muslim Majority" at Old South Meeting House -- March 15

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Wed Feb 21 08:24:02 PST 2007

Islam: Socio/Political 
February 2007
Ford Hall Forum Media Contact: Mary Curtin, 617-241-9664, 617-470-5867
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Ford Hall Forum Director: Alex Minier, 617-373-5800,
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[Ali S. Asani and Mona Eltahawy are available for phone interviews]

Ford Hall Forum
You Don’t Know Us: 
Voices from the Moderate Muslim Majority

Ali S. Asani and Mona Eltahawy
moderated by Jeff Jacoby

Thursday, March 15, at 6:30-8:00 pm
at the
Old South Meeting House

(Boston, MA) Ford Hall Forum presents “You Don’t Know Us: Voices from the
Moderate Muslim Majority” with Ali S. Asani and Mona Eltahawy; moderated by
Jeff Jacoby. Thursday, March 15, at 6:30-8:00 pm. Followed by an open
discussion. Admission is free and open to all. Old South Meeting House, 310
Washington Street (corner of Milk St.), Boston, MA. Wheelchair accessible
and conveniently located near the State St. and Downtown Crossing stops on
the MBTA. For more information call Ford Hall Forum 617-373-5800 or visit

The world’s 1.4 billion Muslims encompass an enormous range of beliefs and
practices, a world of cultures — from Arab to post-Soviet to Indian to
American, and a wide spectrum of movements — from liberal progressive to
Islamist. However, today’s headlines all too often highlight the familiar
stories of violence and extremism within the Islamic world. Is religion
truly the driving force behind these actions?  Where is the space for voices
of the moderate majority to be heard? In our country, where many became
acquainted with Islam only in the context of September 11th, how can we
better understand this major world religion?  

Ali S. Asani, professor of the Practice of Indo-Muslim Languages and Culture
at Harvard University and a member of the Board of Directors of the American
Islamic Congress, and Mona Eltahawy, award-winning New York-based journalist
and commentator and international lecturer on Arab and Muslim issues,
explore the tensions within modern Islam and how we can better understand
them. The talk will be moderated by Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby.

In its 99th spring series of events, the Ford Hall Forum presents seven open
public discussions on the issues concerning our community, nation, and world
today. From global warming to immigration to disaster preparedness, the
Forum hands over the microphone to thought-provoking speakers on the front
lines. To facilitate frank and open discussion, equal time is provided for
speakers’ remarks and audience members’ questions. At the Ford Hall Forum,
no speaker goes unquestioned and no view goes unchallenged.  

The Ford Hall Forum promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and
effective citizenry through the public presentation of lectures, debates,
and discussions. Its events illuminate the key issues facing our society by
bringing to its podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers,
including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times. These
speakers are presented in person, for free, and in settings, which
facilitate frank and open debate. As the nation’s oldest free public lecture
series, it has a storied past as a venue for some of the most intriguing
figures in our nation’s modern history, including Maya Angelou, Isaac
Asimov, Alan Dershowitz, W.E.B. DuBois, Stephen Jay Gould, Al Gore, Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer, Ayn Rand, Cokie
Roberts, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Malcolm X, to name just a few. Programs of
the Ford Hall Forum are made possible through contributions from individual
members as well as corporations and foundations, including The Boston
Foundation, The Colonnade Hotel, Fidelity Investments, The Fred and Marty
Corneel Fund, Houghton Chemical Corporation, Levine Katz Nannis + Solomon
P.C., The Lowell Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Nellie Mae
Education Foundation, Northeastern University, The Old South Meeting House,
Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP, and WBUR 90.9 FM.  For more information
log onto www.fordhallforum.org.

The Ford Hall Forum presents this program in collaboration with the Old
South Meeting House, as part of their Partners in Public Dialogue Series.
Old South Meeting House is a non-profit museum and historic site, located on
the Freedom Trail, dedicated to sustaining the building¹s tradition as a
community-gathering place for the free exchange of ideas and to provide a
place where people can connect the issues of the past with the issues of
today. It receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state
agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, and
other public and private sources. Visit www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for
more information.


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