The MacMurray College Humanities and Performing Arts Series, Life of the Mind and Spirit, welcomes University of Illinois Springfield Associate Professor of Political Science, Ali Nizamuddin, to campus on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in Thoresen Recital Hall, inside the Putnam/Springer Center on the corner of Clay Avenue and State Street.
The event is free and open to the public. Interpreting services will be provided.
Nizamuddin will speak on "Islam: Perception and Reality," and how we live in an increasingly polarized society where artificial divisions between people are created. "Far too many Americans are guided by easy stereotypes and gross generalizations of others," Nizamuddin says. "This is especially true when it comes to the topic of Islam and Muslims in America." To bridge this human gap, he will begin with a discussion of commonalities across traditions and proceed to an examination of concrete facts that will be used to debunk the myths that people hold.
Earning his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, Nizamuddin specializes in international relations with a focus in Asian studies. Nizamuddin's research interests include international trade, globalization and the role of multinational corporations in the developing world. He recently published his second book on multi-national corporations, "The Patenting of Life, Limiting Liberty and the Corporate Pursuit of Seeds" and the global dominance of the world's food supply. His articles have been published in several journals including Journal of Pacific Affairs, Asian Journal of Social Science, International Social Science Review and The Encyclopedia of International Political Economy.
For more information about the Humanities and Performing Arts Series, contact Jeannie Zeck, MacMurray professor of English, at 217-479-7119 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.