Seven-Week Series on Understanding Islam Begins October 2

Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric“Understanding Islam,” a seven-week series that will present a comprehensive look at Islam through lectures and discussions, will begin on Tuesday, October 2.

The program is facilitated by Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric, and will be held on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (room 114) of Bird Library. The series, which is sponsored by Syracuse University Libraries, Muslim Student Life at SU, Muslim Students Association at SU, and Hendricks Chapel, is free and open to the public.  Each session will consist of a lecture and discussion.

This “Understanding Islam” series is a follow-up to a similar program first held in Spring 2018. During the popular Spring 2018 series, participants shared the following testimonials of their experience:

“I truly appreciated and took advantage of the interactive style of the sessions. With very basic knowledge about Islam, I could engage in discussions with other participants with more and different knowledge about Islam. It enabled me to fine tune, validate, correct and improve my existing knowledge about Five Pillars of Islam, Prophet Muhammad S.A.V., and similarities and differences between Islam and other popular religions. The facilitation style of the speaker allowed other religions’ representatives to share their perspectives which helped me in juxtaposing the religious values. And lastly, visit to the mosque was the culmination of the series.” – Mirjakhon Turdiev, Spring 2018 Participant

“I was drawn to the series out of a desire to better understand a religion with which I had previously had little contact, and which I considered to be often misunderstood. In following the series, I learned about Islam not only through the weekly meetings with Mr. Duric, but through experience in listening to prayers, reading excerpts from the Qur’an, and visiting a local mosque. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of Islam in a welcoming and friendly environment.” – Katelyn Rochelle Bajorek, Spring 2018 Participant

The schedule for the Fall 2018 series is as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 2: Introduction
  • Tuesday, October 9: Ten Commandments of Islam (guest speaker: Imam Muris Neimarlija)
  • Tuesday, October 16: Women’s Rights in Islam (guest speaker: Anisa Diab, Licensed Counselor)
  • Tuesday, October 23: Sunni-Shi’a Dichotomy and Politics in Early Islamic History (guest speaker: Ahmet Celik, PhD Student, SU Department of Religion)
  • Tuesday, October 30: Legacy of Muslim Civilization (guest speaker: Imam Amsal Memic)
  • Tuesday, November 6: A Mosque Visit – The Role of Mosque and Community in the Life of Muslims (guest speaker: Imam Mohammed Alfiki)
  • Tuesday, November 13: Faith in Practice and Conclusion (guest speaker: Al-Amin Muhammed, Advocate for the Homeless and Poor)

To register and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by September 28 to Amir Durik at aduric@syr.edu.

Book Talk with Mehrzad Boroujerdi rescheduled to September 19th

Mehrzad Borougerdi

Mehrzad Boroujerdi Portrait

Circulation of Political Elite in Post-revolutionary Iran: An Empirical Investigation

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM in 341 Eggers Hall

Description:

A Book Talk with Mehrzad Boroujerdi: Based on a recently completed fourteen-year research project, which has generated the largest database on political elite anywhere in the Middle East, Dr. Mehrzad Boroujerdi will share some of his findings about Iran’s truculent clerics and their lay allies. He will discuss the age, gender and educational profile, revolutionary pedigree and incumbency rate of elected and appointed elite to ascertain the question of generational change in Iran after the 1979 Revolution.Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for accessibility requests or for more information at hkarakas@syr.edu

Sponsoring Departments: Middle Eastern Studies Program, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University Press

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Book talk and signing with Dave Knox, author of ‘Predicting the Turn’ on September 18

Dave Knox - Predicting the TurnDave Knox, Grand Prix Winner of the WPP Atticus Award for his book, Predicting The Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips will share his insights at a book talk and signing on Tuesday, September 18 from 10-11 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (room 114) at Bird Library.

Knox will discuss the new high-stakes game between disruptive startups and Blue Chip companies, teaching readers how to foresee the future, especially in an era of accelerated change.

While visiting the University, Knox will also speak with entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises classes and visit the campus entrepreneurship club.

Knox is considered an expert at disruption and innovation, and his book has been hailed as the rulebook on how to compete with a new breed of competitors playing the game by an entirely different set of rules.

“The Fortune 500 was first published in 1955, and since that time, 89 percent of the list has completely turned over,” Knox says. “When the S&P 500 was launched in 1958, the average company remained in the index for roughly 61 years. Today, an S&P 500 company is being replaced about once every two weeks.”

He makes the point that the game is not just for the tech giants and unicorns of the Silicon Valley. “Start in your own backyards. Innovation is happening in every pocket of the world, in cities and states and in countries across the globe, and you can’t just think that innovation is just a Silicon Valley thing. It’s happening everywhere.”

As a brand marketer, venture investor and startup advisor, Knox provides insight into the changing relationship between startups and Fortune 500 companies. He is considered a global thought leader in digital transformation, marketing innovation and how to meet inevitable disruption head-on–particularly if big companies develop startup-thinking skills.

“Incumbents have an opportunity to disrupt the disruptors. By taking inspiration from a startup or innovative competitor, big companies can use their scale, brand, and financial resources to launch a new effort,” he writes, but only if “the leaders of yesterday learn the rules of an entirely new game of business.”

A veteran of Procter & Gamble, managing director of WPP Ventures, CMO of Rockfish, cofounder of The Brandery venture accelerator, startup advisor, blogger and author, he frequently publishes in AdWeek, Forbes, iMedia, AdAge and Entrepreneur.

“Today, the largest companies in the world are finding themselves in the middle of a high stakes game of business between startup companies and the Fortune 500 where the bet is the very future of these big companies,” Knox says. “I wrote the book to drive a conversation around the changing relationship between startups and Fortune 500 companies, and to unlock an entirely new way for smaller companies to compete on a level playing field.”

The event, co-sponsored by the Blackstone LaunchPad and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, or if you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact launchpad@syr.edu at least one week prior to the event date.