I wanted to invite you to attend the third annual Our Muslim Neighbor Conference on October 21, 2017, right here on campus. This event is hosted by the Faith & Culture Center, a Nashville non-profit that works to create dialog across lines of faith, race, culture, and ethnicity. I went to the Music City Iftar event they hosted in June and I really enjoyed the conversations I had there with Nashville citizens of a variety of backgrounds.

The reason I share the conference with you is that the theme of the conference touches upon key questions we're exploring in our course. The conference theme is "Security and American Muslims: National Narrative, Local Impact." Speakers include Faiza Patel, co-director of the Liberty and National Security program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, and Alberto Fernandez, former coordinator of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications at the US Department of State, as well as local (Nashville) Muslim leaders.

I can't go, unfortunately. But it would be great if one or more of you could attend and report back, either during class or here on the blog. If you're interested in going, let me know, and register here. Thanks!