UNLV And Harry Reid to Host ‘Islam in America’ Event

President Barack Obama talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) backstage before his town hall meeting at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nev., Feb. 19, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

U.S. Senator and UNLV Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy Harry Reid, in partnership with the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, will host a panel of nationwide scholars Sept. 26 for a conversation about Islam in America.

Moderated by NPR national correspondent Leila Fadel, the event will feature a discussion with legal advocacy, social justice, immigration, and foreign policy experts. Panelists will examine the historical and modern-day experiences of Muslims in the United States, as well as rising anti-Muslim bigotry.

The discussion is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required.

Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.

Cohen Theatre
UNLV Student Union

Here’s some additional info on the panelists:

Sahar Aziz, professor of law and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar at Rutger’s University Law School: Aziz’s research examines the intersection of national security, race, and civil rights with a focus on the adverse impact of national security laws and policies on racial, ethnic, and religious minorities in the U.S.

Farid Senzai, assistant professor of political science at Santa Clara University: Senzai teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy and Middle East politics. He also served as an advisory board member for the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, where he contributed to multiple national and global surveys on Muslim attitudes.

Farhana Khera, president and founder of Muslim Advocates: Founded by Khera and a group of American Muslim lawyers and policy experts, Muslim Advocates works on the frontlines of civil rights to protect freedom for Americans of all faiths. Prior to her work with Muslim Advocates, Khera was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Michael Kagan, professor of law at UNLV and director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic: Kagan focuses on the tension between immigration law and civil rights in both his research and his clinical teaching.

Mahir Hussein, president of UNLV Muslim Student Association: Hussein is a senior studying public health at UNLV. In addition to his studies, Hussein is a political canvasser and serves as the president of UNLV Muslim Student Association.

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