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Muslim Feminist and Former Wall Street Journal Reporter Asra Nomani to Speak at Montgomery College on April 25

Friend and former colleague of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl will discuss film, “The Mosque in Morgantown,” at the College’s Cultural Arts Center

Asra Q. Nomani, an Indian-American journalist, author, and activist will speak on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Cultural Arts Center on Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, located at 7995 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. The event will consist of three sessions, beginning with a screening of the documentary film, “The Mosque in Morgantown” at 10 a.m.

Born in Bombay, India, and raised in Morgantown, WV, Nomani is known for her work in the Islamic feminism and reform movements. She worked for 15 years as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and is the author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.”

After the death of her friend Daniel Pearl in 2002, Nomani became a writer-activist dedicated to reclaiming principles of tolerance and women’s rights in the Muslim world. “The Mosque in Morgantown” is a controversial 2009 documentary film about Nomani’s reform efforts at her hometown mosque. List and Descriptions of Sessions:

Session I: 10–11 a.m.: Screening of the documentary film, “The Mosque in Morgantown.” Session II: 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Presentation of “Courage Is action in the face of fear.” Nomani will discuss how she confronted her own fears to take action at her mosque. Session III: 12:30–1:45 p.m.: Interactive workshop with Nomani participants in a discussion about social justice. Nomani left Morgantown in 2007 to co-lead the Pearl Project at Georgetown University, where she taught investigative journalism. She has written extensively on issues related to Islam for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time magazine, American Prospect, Slate, and Sojourners magazine. She has provided commentary on CNN, NPR, BBC, Nightline, Al-Jazeera, and other media outlets.

Contact Heather.Satrom@montgomerycollege.edu or Daniel.Jenkins2@montgomerycollege.edu for more information. This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Philosophy Club, the Office of Student Life, the Department of Social Sciences, the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the Cultural Arts Center’s Culture Matters Series.

“Asra Nomani and The Mosque in Morgantown” is an Arab-American Heritage Month, Interfaith Initiative, and Culture Matters film screening and discussion at Montgomery College

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