Our 2016 lecture series tackles the theme “Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century.” Featuring scholars and journalists who are leading thought-provoking conversations about Muslims and Islam today, the series addresses questions of identity and belonging, youth and integration, and immigration and settlement. It also invites you to take part: each lecture will be followed by a Q&A session, giving you the opportunity to share your thoughts about key issues shaping Canada and the world in the 21st century.
Sunday, May 15, 2–3 pm
Sheema Khan, columnist for The Globe and Mail, is the author of Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman (2009). Her recent work questions the understanding of gender roles among Muslim men and women.
Sunday, June 12, 2–3 pm
Bessma Momani is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo and 2015 Scholar of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Her book Arab Dawn: Arab Youth and the Demographic Dividend They Will Bring (2015) is optimistic about the future of the Middle East.
Sunday, June 26, 2–3 pm
Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures and Director of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University, is an expert on the historical and contemporary Shia and Sufi devotional traditions in South Asia and the Ismaili mystical traditions. This presentation will explore the roots of Islamic mysticism and the influential role that the sonic, visual and literary arts play in both fostering and expressing traditions of spirituality in Muslim cultures.