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Upcoming lecture at Whitworth to address Islamophobia

National speaker Amer Ahmed will visit Whitworth University on April 19 to deliver a presentation, “Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Break down Barriers.”

According to an announcement from Whitworth, the university is hosting the lecture because, “The post-9/11 era in the U.S. has exposed a significant degree of prejudice and bigotry towards Muslim people.”

“Islamophobia is not just an issue that only impacts Muslims in America,” the statement continued, citing the current presidential campaigns and recent attacks on houses of worship across the country. “There continues to be widespread racial profiling, hate crimes and bullying throughout the country.”

Ahmed is expected to address the beliefs of Islam, talk about the rise of Islamophobia and discuss how to bridge divides.

This event will take place in the Hixson Union Building (HUB) on Whitworth University’s main campus at 7 p.m.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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