Panel To Discuss Media Portrayal Of Muslims March 28

Event is free and open to the public

DURHAM, N.C. -- Four national journalists and an Islamic studies scholar will discuss the media portrayal of Islam and Muslims during a panel discussion Tuesday, March 28, at Duke University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is from 2-5 p.m. at Rubenstein Library, Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153, in Duke's West Campus. Parking is available in the Bryan Center garage and surface lot.

Panelists are Abigail Hauslohner (Washington Post), David Graham (The Atlantic), Nermeen Shaikh (Democracy Now!) and Mehdi Hasan (Al-Jazeera), who will open the event with a keynote talk. Omid Safi, director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, will take part in the 3 p.m. panel discussion. A Q&A with the panelists begins at 4 p.m.

The discussion is sponsored by the Islamic Center and Carnegie Corp. of New York.

“There is not a day that goes by without discussion of Islam and Muslims dominating global headlines,” Safi said. “While these discussions generate a lot of heat, there is often insufficient light. This panel is designed to have an informative and analytical discussion of the parameters in which Islam and Muslims are discussed.”