Thursday, October 25, 2012
11:00 am - 3:15 pm - USU Theatre
This year CSUN's Sustainability Day event focuses on issues surrounding Climate Change and is taking place on Thursday, October 25 from 11 am - 3:30pm in the USU Theatre. The day will include a talk at 2:00 pm by Naomi Oreskes, author of 'Merchants of Doubt' and Professor of History and Science Studies at UC San Diego., who will be introduced by Provost Hellenbrand. The day's events include three sessions which coincide with class times.
The first session (11:00am- 12:15pm) will be a talk given by Dr. Milind Kulkarni, Director of Engineering Institutes at ITM Group of Institutions in Mumbai, India. He will discuss energy challenges in the developing world, in India in particular, and a sustainable development project in which waste water is used to generate renewable energy using bio-digestion.
The second session (12:30-1:45pm) will show a documentary film, "There Once Was an Island", which provides a case study about a tiny atoll in Papua New Guinea facing escalating climate-related impacts. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion on the issues raised.
In the third session (2:00-3:15pm) Naomi Oreskes will talk about the subject of her book -- how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming. This talk is part of the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Series and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Science and Math, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Institute for Sustainability.
11:00 am - 12:15 pm - USU Flintridge Room
Islamophobia: Beyond Myth to Social Change
A lecture by Amer Ahmed
The post-9/11 era in the US has exposed deep levels of prejudice and bigotry towards Muslim people. Recent inflammatory rhetoric, controversy of thee Park 51 Community Center in Manhattan, NYPD surveillance of Muslim students and Congressional hearings singling out Muslim communities reveal broad-base prejudice, discrimination and zenophobia towards Muslims. Racial profiling, hate crimes, and bullying continue to be widespread.
Islamphobia is defined as a fear or anxiety of both Muslim and Islamic people. TO combat this phobia along with unjust actions that accompany it, education and action are needed. This session addresses the following questions:
- What are the tenets of the faith and who are its followers?
- What are the experiences of Muslims in the United States both pre- and post-9/11?
- What implications does this lack of of knowledge of Islam and Muslims have on our campuses and workplace environments?
- How do challenge dominant narratives about Muslims framed by mainstream media?
Amer Ahmed serves as Associate Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a member of SPEAKOUT: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture. As a college administrator, Hip Hop activist, spoken word poet, intercultural consultant, he channels his diverse experiences to address issues of social justice that continue to face traditionally marginalized communities.