Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is hosting the second annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series Wednesday, April 9 in H.1002. The series promotes the intellectual traditions of African American, African and Islamic authors and activists.
The day-long event aims to promote the intellectual traditions of African American, African and Islamic authors and activists as they relate to contemporary issues of justice and peace. The series also intends to raise awareness of local and global issues of injustice and oppression, facilitate dialogue on issues of justice and peace throughout the MCTC community and promote student and academic initiatives that address issues of injustice and oppression.
Activities are scheduled to take place all day, and include:
- “Beyond the Disaster: Understanding the Situation in Syria.” 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
- Introduction by Matthew Palombo (MCTC faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies), keynote by Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid (see bio below), response by Nadia Mohamed (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies).
- “Challenges Facing Justice and Peace in Egypt.” 1–2:30 p.m.
- Introduction by Matthew Palombo, keynote by Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery (see bio below), response by Nadia Mohamed and Mayar Arafa (MCTC student).
- “A Lecture and Discussion on Somalia.” 3–4:30 p.m.
- Introduction by Matthew Palombo, keynote by Maya Sheikh-Salah (see bio below), response by Ruthanne Crapo (MCTC faculty, Philosophy) and Fadumo Abdi (MCTC Student Senate president).
- Evening session: “Global Living in an Age of Revolution: A Forum on Syria, Egypt and Somalia.” 6–8:30 p.m.
- Welcome by Matthew Palombo, entertainment by Ka Joog, panelists Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, Maya Sheikh-Salah, J.D. and Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid, response by MCTC faculty.
About the panelists:
Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid is the founder and editor of Al Meezan newspaper, a national newspaper published in Arabic. He is also a highly sought after political analyst and commentator. He lectures frequently on Middle East and American politics. Dr. Abu Irshaid has also authored and co-authored several books, articles and studies on issues relevant to the Middle East and its political climate published in English and Arabic. He is the co-author of the controversial study “Hamas: Ideological Rigidity and Political Flexibility” which was published by the United States Institute of Peace in 2009. Abu Irshaid is a regular commentator on Palestinian and Middle Eastern affairs as well as on American domestic and foreign policy on various Arabic satellite networks, such as Al Jazeera, Syrian TV, Al-Alam, Abu-Dhabi and Alhiwar TV. Dr. Abu Irshaid completed his Ph.D at Loughborough University in England.
Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery was a prominent Egyptian parliamentarian. He is a member of the Parliament of Luxor and a member of the Freedom and Justice Party. He is also the director of the Luxor Islamic Center for Global Dialogue and a member of the Freedom and Justice Party’s Foreign Relations Committee. Dr. Dardery headed the Foreign Relations and the Freedom and Justice Party’s first delegation to the White House and was a key advisor to President Morsi. Dr. Dardery holds a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburg and has taught English and Islamic studies in the U.S. and Egypt.
Maya Sheikh-Salah, J.D., is the Assistant Hennepin County Attorney and graduate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is an activist and regular speaker on issues of health and law in the Twin Cities Somali community.
Food and drink will be provided by Crescent Moon Bakery and Dunn Bros. Coffee.