Dr. Farid Esack, an Islamic scholar from South Africa, will be on campus as part of the second Annual Midwest Regional Black History Month Conference February 17-21, 2005. Dr. Esack is currently the Besl Chair in Ethics, Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The goal of the visit is to expose students, staff, faculty, and residents of Decorah to an Islamic scholar who is greatly concerned about the tensions that result from religious isolationism. Professor Esack demonstrates how people of all faith traditions are called by God to unite and work together to oppose oppression and injustice in the world.
Friday, February 18
10:00 a.m.: Speak at Daily Chapel, opening chapel service for the Midwest Regional Black History Month Conference
Afternoon, present paper at Conference panel discussion and book signing— "Powerlessness" & "Less-powerness"—Toward the Liberation of Liberation Theology
Saturday, February 19
Question/answer period with students returning from South Africa over J-term
Meet with the the Muslim Student Association and Allies (MSAA)
Sunday, February 20
4:00 p.m.: Public lecture and book signing, "Good Muslims and Bad Muslims: Constructing a Suitable Muslim Bride for the Empire" Recital Hall in Center for Faith and Life with reception following.
Monday, February 21
Visit Introduction to Islam class.