Tulane Hosts Symposium on U.S. and Islamic World Relations

February 22, 2007

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: 504-865-5229

The Tulane University Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer is hosting a symposium on relations between the United States and the Islamic world on Feb. 27. Free and open to the public, all events will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall in the Lavin- Bernick Center for University Life.

A free luncheon of Halal food will be served at 12:30 p.m. Speakers include William Bertrand, Wisner Professor of Public Health at Tulane and former director of the Payson Center; local Islamic religious leader Omar Suleiman, who will speak on the history of Islam and its popular misperceptions in the U.S.; Anne Bodine, U.S. Department of State's Diplomat-in-Residence at Tulane, who will discuss official U.S. government relations with the Islamic world; and Palestinian poet Nathalie Handal, who will read her original work in both English and Arabic.

Other religious leaders, professors and international development students will lead panel discussions on identity issues facing American Muslims and on reducing frictions between the two regions from communications, economic, education, health and agricultural perspectives.

For a full schedule of events, visit 

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000