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~Scholar Asks "Who Speaks for Islam After 9/11?" ~

For immediate release:
February 7, 2002

CONTACT:
Mary Ann Hill,
781-283-2373


WELLESLEY, Mass. - "Who Speaks for Islam After 9/11?" will be the subject of a lecture by Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion at Duke University, Thursday, February 14, at 7:30 pm. in 277 Science Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of this year's Wilson Lecture series.

Both an Islamicist and a comparativist, Lawrence has focused much of his scholarly work on the study of Muslim culture, history, and religious practices in West and South Asia. Since the mid-80s, he has been especially concerned with the interplay between religion and ideology. He is the author of the award-winning Defenders of God: The Fundamentalist Revolt Against the Modern Age (1989/1995) and Shattering the Myth: Islam beyond Violence (1998/2000).

The most prestigious of the College's annual lectures, the Wilson Lecture was established through the bequest of journalist and writer Carolyn Wilson '10. Writer Katherine Anne Porter gave the inaugural speech in 1962, and since then, noted lecturers have included Eudora Welty, Maya Angelou, Cornel West, Robert Coles, Toni Morrison and, most recently, Lani Guinier.

The second part of the 2002 Wilson Lecture series is "Responses to September 11," a symposium February 22 - 23 with panels and a lunch-time discussion on Saturday. For more information, call x2138.

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