The Islamic Society of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will host the 17th Annual Conference of the Islamic Council of New England (ICNE) on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., in the Campus Center Main Auditorium. The event’s theme is Guiding Light: Defining the Future of Our Children as Muslim Youth in Western Societies. Parking is available in lots 4/5.
Islam is among the leading cultures of today’s world with impact on important fields of science, art, literature, architecture and calligraphy, said Islamic Society President Yassir Dar. We hope that this conference will promote cultural diversity and pluralism at UMass Dartmouth.
Keynote speaker at the conference will be Dr. Tariq Ramadan. Ramadan is professor of religion and philosophy at the University of Freiburg and the College of Geneva, Switzerland. He has been profiled by Time magazine as a leading Muslim intellect for the coming period and has authored several books including, To Be a European Muslim and Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity.
UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack will address the gathering at 11:15 a.m. Other scheduled speakers include Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Ingrid Mattson, Mohammed Bin Abdullah, Shahina Siddiqui, Abdur Raheem Green, and Liyakat Takim. In addition to the speaking program sessions and meals, the conference will feature an Islamic bazaar with books, tapes, Islamic software and clothing available. Babysitting will be provided.
Cost for registration is $60 per family (two adults, two children), $30 per individual or additional adult, and $10 per additional child up to age 12. Children under age one are admitted free.
For more information or directions, e:mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (508) 910-6461 (Islamic Society of UMD), (508) 339-9105 (Dr. Parveen Ali) or (508) 393-6066 (Dr. M. Riaz Khan).