2019 Challenging Islamophobia Conference

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
    8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • New Main
    403 Maria Avenue, Saint Paul

    New Main

    Information about Metropolitan State University's New Main building location.
2019 Challenging Islamophobia Conference flyer

Join the largest regional conference on challenging Islamophobia in the nation, which will bring together leading national experts of Islamophobia, as well as community leaders in Minnesota, to address how to challenge Islamophobia. This conference will inform and equip you to challenge Islamophobia in your own lives and work settings. Topics to be addressed include:

  • the Islamophobia industry
  • the intersection of Islamophobia
  • antisemitism and white nationalism/supremacy
  • the impact of Islamophobia and hate
  • Greater Minnesota challenges

Breakout sessions will address the challenges of Islamophobia-based bullying, responding to hate in Minnesota and the Interfaith Response network. Conference speakers will include, but are not limited to:

  • Khaled Beydoun: a leading scholar on Islamophobia and senior affiliated faculty at the University of California-Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project
  • Heidi Beirich: leader of the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) Intelligence Project and expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist and neo-Confederate movements.
  • Arjun Sethi: community activist and civil rights lawyer, as well as the author of American Hate: Survivors Speak Out
  • Todd Green: professor of religion, public scholar, and author on challenging Islamophobia and championing interfaith collaboration
  • Abbas Barzegar: director of research and advocacy at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, spearheading the effort to document Islamophobia.

In 2018, the Challenging Islamophobia conference drew over 250 attendees, including school administrators, government employees, corporate diversity and inclusion leaders, non-profit leaders and elected officials, students, and community activists.

This event is sponsored by Metropolitan State University's Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Equal Employment and Diversity Office, and College of Liberal Arts, as well as the Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project, the Cedar Cultural Center, the University of Minnesota's James H. Binger Center for New Americans and the Minnesota Council on American-Islamic Relations.