Award-Winning Columnist Mona Eltahawy to Discuss “Women & Islam in the U.S.” at John Jay College

Part of the Mosques, Veils and Madrassas” Lecture Series

What:  Mona Eltahawy, columnist and international speaker on Arab and Muslim issues, will give a lecture titled “Islam, Women and the American Experience.” Ms. Eltahawy is a columnist for Canada’s Toronto Star, Israel’s The Jerusalem Report and Denmark’s Politiken. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and she has appeared as a guest analyst in several media outlets.

This event is part of a new campus-wide thematic initiative, “Mosques, Veils, and Madrassas:  Muslims and Institutions of Justice in Pluralistic Societies”. The main feature of this initiative is a nine-part lecture series which will explore such topics as the Roots of Fundamentalism, Shari’a Law and the West, and Islamophobia .Among the speakers for this program are the internationally recognized Naif Al Mutawa, who created THE 99, the first comic book to have Muslim superheroes directed at a Western audience and Scott Atran, who is a leading expert on suicide terrorism and Al Qaeda. The content of the program is global – covering America, Canada, England, France and Holland.

Who:  Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and former correspondent for Reuters in Cairo and Jerusalem. She has reported for various media from Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and China. Ms Eltahawy was the first Egyptian journalist to live and to work for a western news agency in Israel.

When: Thursday, March 31, 2011

(For the full schedule of Mosques, Veils, and Madrassas lecture series, visit

 Time: 6:30 PM

 Admission is FREE. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Where:  Room 1311, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 445 West 59th Street, North Hall, NYC

Established in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York is an international leader in educating for justice. It offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law.


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