Dr. John Esposito, one of the most prominent American scholars of Islamic studies, political Islam and Islamophobia, will speak at St. Bonaventure University on Oct. 5.
Esposito, who was instrumental in the founding of SBU’s Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, will present a program on “Islam in America & Geo-politics” at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room in Doyle Hall.
In addition to founding the Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Esposito directs the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown, which documents, analyzes and maps American attitudes toward Muslims and Islam. Esposito is a professor of religion and international affairs and of Islamic studies at Georgetown. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and other agencies, European and Asian governments, corporations, universities, and the media worldwide. More than 45 books and 100 articles of his have been translated into 35 languages.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Esposito is coming to Bonaventure,” said Fr. Michael Calabria, O.F.M., director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure. “For decades now, he has been at the forefront of Islamic studies and Muslim-Christian relations in the United States and around the world. His knowledge and experience are especially valuable in today’s political discussions. I’m proud to know him as an expert in the field, as a mentor and personal friend.”
Esposito’s visit is hosted by St. Bonaventure’s Center for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) and Diversity Action Committee and is made possible by the contributions of Dr. Adil and Mrs. Jehan Al-Humadi and the Islamic Society of the Southern Tier.
For more information about the CAIS, visit www.sbu.edu/CAIS.
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