Hamline News

Public Invited to Attend Keynote Speech on American Muslims and the War on Terror


Hamline University invites the public to celebrate and explore issues of diversity at its 14th annual Commitment to Community event. Dr. Yvonne Haddad, internationally-known educator and expert on Islam and Muslims will deliver the 2011 Hamline University Commitment to Community keynote address. Haddad’s address “American Muslims and the War on Terror” will discuss American responses to 9/11 and its effect on the development of an American Muslim community on the American public and on Muslims in particular throughout the past decade.

The keynote address will be held Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Hamline United Methodist Church, located at 1514 Englewood Avenue in Saint Paul. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available at the front desk of the Bush Student Center, located at 1551 Hewitt Avenue on Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus, beginning September 8 for the Hamline community and after September 15 for the general public. Tickets will be distributed on first come, first served basis. For more information, contact the Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs at 651-523-2423 or hedgemancenter@hamline.edu.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Haddad deliver this year’s lecture,” said Carlos Sneed, assistant dean for diversity and community and director of the Hedgeman Center. “Her expertise on Islam and Muslim Americans will help us to examine the ten year anniversary of 9/11, the ‘War on Terrorism,' and the rise in anti-Muslim sentiment throughout the United States and the world.”

Haddad is professor of the history of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Her fields of expertise include twentieth-century Islam; intellectual, social and political history in the Arab world; and Islam in North America and the West.

Haddad received her doctorate in the economic, political development, and Islamic heritage from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut and her master’s degree in comparative history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also attended Boston University where she received an MRE in religious education and leadership development and the Beirut College for Women in Lebanon where she received her bachelor’s degree in education, psychology and English.

Recent Commitment to Community speakers have included Dr. Cornel West (educator, social critic, author), Winona LaDuke (activist), Kweisi Mfume (NAACP), Ray Suarez (writer/ television correspondent), Helen Zia (writer), Rebecca Walker (activist, author), J. Herman Blake (educator), the late Ronald Takaki (educator, author), Keith Boykin (political and social commentator), and last year's speaker Arun Gandhi (internationally acclaimed peace activist).