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Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement to Visit LIM College

3/27/2012

Daisy Khan will talk to students as part of the GlobalSpeak series

On March 27, Daisy Khan, Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), will speak to students as part of LIM College's GlobalSpeak series. GlobalSpeak events are held at 6:30 p.m. in FashionOpolis in the LIM College Townhouse (12 East 53rd St.).

GlobalSpeak brings people who are actively involved in all types of global issues to the LIM College campus. Events may include guest speakers, panel discussions, and/or film screenings and occur regularly throughout the semester.   In addition to Khan, GlobalSpeak events for Spring 2012 include global branding expert Simon Graj (Feb. 28), and Walter J. Dillingham of the Wilimgton Trust (April 3) who will discuss philanthropy and the global economy.  

About Daisy Khan
Daisy Khan is Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing an American Muslim identity while building bridges between the Muslim community and general public through dialogues in faith, identity, culture, and arts. Ms. Khan mentors young Muslims on challenges of assimilation, gender, religion and modernity, and intergenerational differences.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Ms. Khan created interfaith programs to emphasize commonalities among the Abrahamic faith traditions, such as a groundbreaking theater titled Same Difference and the interfaith Cordoba Bread Fest. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Ms. Khan brought together 300 people of all religions for a night of remembrance. The event, entitled In Good Faith: Stories of Hope and Resilience, highlighted hundreds of bridge-building projects undertaken since 9/11, while also paying tribute to the families of 9/11 victims of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths.

To prioritize the improvement of Muslim-West relations and the advancement of Muslim women globally, Ms. Khan has launched two cutting edge intrafaith programs to spur movement by change agents among the two disempowered majorities of the Muslim world: youth and women. The MLT: Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow and WISE: Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality programs were launched at an international scale in Doha (MLT) and in Malaysia (WISE). Both programs seek to convene, empower, and build networks in their target groups, and to facilitate the emergence of a leadership that speaks with a credible, humane, and equitable voice in the global Muslim community.

Ms. Khan has recently received major national coverage in the media on the recent rise of Islamophobia. In March 2011 Ms. Khan organized a rally called Today I Am a Muslim, Too with a broad coalition of more than 100 interfaith groups to show solidarity with Muslim Americans in the wake of Congressman Peter Kings’ congressional hearings. The rally was noted in White House communications and was widely cited as an important retort to King’s claims that Muslims are not proactively fighting extremism.

She is also actively lecturing and debating these topics on a global scale. Her appearance on a panel with Christiane Amanpour in 2010 helped shift the narrative on how the media covers Islam in America. In response to the Danish cartoon crisis, she debated with Christopher Hitchens on National Public Radio and moderated a discussion in Denmark between young Muslims and Flemming Rose, the original publisher of the controversial cartoons. In May 2007 Ms. Khan became the first Muslim woman to speak at Thanksgiving Square in Dallas, Texas on the National Day of Prayer.

Ms. Khan frequently comments on important issues in the media, and has appeared on ABC, PBS, BBC World, CNN, Fox News, National Geographic, Al Jazeerah, and the Hallmark Channel. She has also been quoted in several print publications, such as TIME Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Saudi Gazette, The National and Khaleej Times. In July 2007, Ms. Khan appeared on the cover of Newsweek; in the same issue, she co-wrote an article on the symmetry between core Islamic values and the Constitution of the United States.

The recipient of various awards, her most notable ones include The Interfaith Center’s Award for Promoting Peace and Interfaith Understanding; Auburn Theological Seminary’s Lives of Commitment Award; Hunt Alternatives Prime Movers Award; Women’s E-News 21 Leaders for the 21st Century; Jericho High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame Award; and the Arab American Support Center’s Women Who Inspire Other Women award. In June 2011, she received the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s 2011 Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award.

Born in Kashmir, India, Ms. Khan spent the first 25 years of her career as an interior architect at various Fortune 500 companies. In 2005, she decided to fully dedicate herself to elevating the discourse on Islam, improving the lives of Muslims and non Muslims globally through ASMA and its sister organization the Cordoba Initiative.



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