Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Amer Ahmed, spoken word poet and hip-hop activist, will speak on "Islam: Beyond the Myths, Breaking Down the Barriers" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in Room 204, Gorecki Dining and Conference Center, College of St. Benedict.
His talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the CSB/SJU Intercultural Center. Ahmed will speak on the prejudices caused by Islamophobia, address the implications and effects of such stereotypes in our communities, and discuss the attempts in discontinuing Islamophobia globally.
Dedicated to addressing issues of diversity, Ahmed strives to inspire young people to create positive change. His approaches, including public speaking and workshop facilitation, give him the opportunity to challenge the discrimination of minorities.
Ahmed is currently an associate director for the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan and an intercultural diversity consultant. He is involved in and serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Hip Hop Congress Ð an organization that develops initiatives to bring about social, economic and political change through hip-hop. Ahmed has also released his debut album under the name of Dawah called Storyteller's Bazaar.
Focusing on intercultural communication, Ahmed has developed his career and understanding through education, global experience and his upbringing as an Indian-Muslim American. He received a master's degree in anthropology and Afro-American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. He has also served as the director of intercultural affairs at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and as the director of intercultural programs at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
During 9/11, Ahmed also served as an associate instructor and public relations officer for the Muslim Student Union in Bloomington, Ind. Since 9/11, he has played an important role in fostering conversation regarding the Islamic culture throughout the world.
For more information, go to www.csbsju.edu/ic, or visit the Intercultural Center's Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/csbsjuIC.