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Islamic culture versus the American dream discussed at Loyola

Loyola press release - March 28, 2011

How do Muslims integrate into a society that is culturally and religiously different from their own? Loyola University New Orleans assistant professor of Islamic studies Aaron Spevack, Ph.D., will address this topic at the Spring 2011 Yamauchi Lecture in Religion “Islam and the American Dream,” on Tuesday, March 29, at 5 p.m. in the Audubon Room, located in the Danna Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Spevack will explore how Muslims have navigated the intellectual, religious and cultural scene in North America despite having diverse interpretative and religious traditions.

Spevack received his doctorate in Arabic and Islamic intellectual history from Boston University in 2008. He was a Mellon Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow in the humanities at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. from 2008-10. He was also a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies program in the summers of 2008 and 2010.

Free event parking will be available in Loyola’s West Road Garage.

The Yamauchi Lecture in Religion series is named in memory of the Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J., a former chair of Loyola’s Department of Religious Studies who taught at Loyola from 1956 to 1966. Yamauchi was known for his effective and enthusiastic communication of knowledge about religion to the New Orleans community.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.