For Immediate Release
April 18, 2017

Contact: Stephen Lloyd-Moffett

Muslim Scholar Dalia Mogahed to Speak April 29 at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Dalia Mogahed, a Muslim-American scholar and one of the nation’s most influential voices on Islam, will present “Islamaphobia: A Threat to All” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in Chumash Auditorium at Cal Poly.

Mogahed will explore the current environment for Muslim-Americans and address misconceptions about Islam.

Mogahed serves as director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and tours the globe speaking to audiences about Islam in the contemporary world. A board member of the World Economic Forum, her analysis of the Islamic world has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy magazine, the Harvard International Review, the Middle East Policy Journal, and many other journals. Former President Barack Obama appointed her to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009.

As executive director of and senior analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, Mogahed created the largest, most comprehensive study of the Islamic world, with more than 50,000 interviews representing Muslims in more than 35 predominantly Muslim nations. The research led to a book she co-authored with John Esposito, titled “Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think.”

Her popular “TED” talks have been viewed almost 10 million times. In 2010, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public named Mogahed the Arab World’s Social Innovator of the Year.

“We look forward to Dalia Mogahed’s presentation,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “We steadfastly support a multitude of perspectives and voices at Cal Poly and embrace all efforts to create a more inclusive campus community and increase appreciation for the many cultures and viewpoints represented at our university.”

Mogahed’s talk—sponsored in part by the university’s Muslim Student Association, Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI), Cross Cultural Center, Cal Poly Associated Students, Inc (ASI) and Student Affairs—is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

The Muslim Student Association has supported Muslim students at Cal Poly for more than 40 years. Its nearly 100 members come from across academic disciplines and from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The students organize several opportunities throughout the academic year for fellowship, learning and philanthropy.

For more information, contact Stephen Lloyd-Moffett, professor of religious studies, at or 805-756-2475.

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