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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Lunch Program
Being Muslim in America Today
Adeel Zeb

The political climate post 9/11 dramatically changed the experience of Muslims in America. With recent political developments, Muslims further find themselves in difficult and often precarious circumstances. In a TEDx style presentation, Adeel Zeb, the imam of the Claremont Colleges, will offer a first-hand perspective into the emotions, trials, and tribulations of being Muslim in America today. 

Imam Adeel J. Zeb is a Muslim chaplain, interfaith scholar, and frequent speaker. He currently serves as a co-University Chaplain at the Claremont Colleges. Before coming to Claremont in 2016, he was the Muslim Chaplain/Director of Muslim Life at Duke University. He has also served as the Muslim Chaplain/Imam at Wesleyan University, Trinity College, and American University, among others. Zeb is the president elect of the National Association of College and University Chaplains.

He has given Friday khutbah (sermons) on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, and mosques nationally. He has been featured on media including CNN, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and the Huffington Post over a 10-year span. He was a participant in the International Higher Education Interfaith Leadership Forum and has completed the prestigious fellowship for the Study of Auschwitz and Preventive Ethics and has certifications in conflict management, interfaith conflict management, and mediation from the United States Institute for Peace.

Zeb holds degrees from Baylor University in business administration and Arees University in traditional Islamic studies, a master's degree in Islamic chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary, and in tajweed and Qur'anic recitation from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Evening Program
Dreamland: America's Opiate Epidemic and How We Got To Where We Are
Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones' newest book reads like fiction, but unfortunately it is not. It's the true story of descent into opiate addiction and the sweeping resurgence of heroin from coast to coast.

Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury, 2015), for which he traveled across the United States.

Dreamland was selected as one of the Best books of 2015 by Amazon.com, Slate.com, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Audible, and in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business by Nobel economics laureate Professor Angus Deaton of Princeton University.

Quinones’ previous two highly acclaimed books grew from his 10 years living and working as a freelance writer in Mexico (1994-2004).

Quinones, whose father Ricardo Quinones taught literature at CMC for many years, is a former reporter with the L.A. Times, where he worked for 10 years (2004-2014). He is a veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, and the border.

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