Todd Green Lecture On Islamophobia

Monday, October 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PT)
Washburne Hall - U.C. Boxer Pause 216
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Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie
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The Pacific University Center for Peace and Spirituality is proud to welcome former U.S. State Department advisor and Islamaphobia expert Dr. Todd Green to campus on Monday, October 15 at 7pm, in WASH 216 Meeting Room.

Dr. Green is Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College. A nationally recognized expert on Islamophobia, Green recently served as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department, where he analyzed and assessed the impact of anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe on countering violent extremism initiatives, refugee and migrant policies, and human rights. He has also given lectures on Islamophobia to other federal agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

As a public scholar, Green writes regularly for The Huffington Post and has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets on Islamophobia, including CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, France 24, Reuters, and The Intercept. His views on Islamophobia have been cited by organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for American Progress, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

Green is the author of The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortress Press, 2015). The book surveys the history of anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe and the United States and addresses the political and cultural factors contributing to the rise of Islamophobia in the post-9/11 era. In 2018, The Fear of Islam was cited in an amicus curiae brief filed by prominent civil rights organizations, including the NAACP and the National Urban League, in the Supreme Court of the United States. The brief argued in favor of enjoining President Trump's executive order banning entry into the United States from select Muslim-majority countries.

Green's forthcoming book is Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism (Fortress Press, 2018). This book argues that asking Muslims to condemn terrorist attacks is a distraction that prevents majority populations in the US and Europe both from facing their own violent histories and from asking critical questions about how their countries' national security initiatives and foreign policies contribute to a violent world order. The book proposes healthier ways for majority populations to engage Muslim communities other than through the prisms of violence and counterterrorism.

At Luther College, Green teaches broadly in the area of U.S. and European religious history as well as interfaith dialogue. He also leads a study abroad course in which he takes students to a variety of European countries to study the political and cultural debates surrounding the place of Muslim minority communities.

Todd Green Lecture On Islamophobia 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PT)
Washburne Hall - U.C. Boxer Pause 216
2163 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116
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