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Community Notebook: 'Understanding Islam' speaker series

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will moderate three panels

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is looking to increase the public's knowledge of Islam and Muslims through a speaker series with regional leaders that will launch in Palo Alto next month.

Simitian, a former state senator and Palo Alto mayor, is collaborating with the Commonwealth Club for a free "Understanding Islam" speaker series that starts April 3.

"We're lucky to live in one of the most diverse places in the country," Simitian said in a press release.

"But without understanding the diverse cultures around us, misconceptions abound. Our goal is simple: to create a better understanding of Islam among the general public," he said.

"I've been feeling for some time it's important to have these discussions, the more I listen to what's happening on the national level," Simitian said in an interview with the Weekly.

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The first panel discussion on April 3 will focus on the meaning of being Muslim.

The next forum on May 9 will be about politics and current events that affect how the United States understands Islam and Muslims.

The series will finish on May 22 with a talk on the meaning of being a Muslim woman and how Islam ties with gender today.

"We encourage Silicon Valley residents to attend these events, and invite their friends and neighbors as they provide a unique opportunity to hear and learn from some of the region's Muslim leaders," Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' San Francisco Bay Area chapter, said in a press release.

The scheduled panelists are Sumbul Ali-Karamali, author of "The Muslim Next Door," Jihad Turk, president of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school and Maha Elegenaidi and Ameena Jandali from the nonprofit Islamic Networks Group.

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Commonwealth Club President and CEO Dr. Gloria Duffy said in a statement: "Not only will it lead to a greater understanding of the various interpretations of Islam, but it will create a beneficial dialogue between those of the Muslim faith and others in our community, at a time when open and respectful communication in our society is most needed."

Each 90-minute panel starts at 7 p.m. The first one will be held at Lucie Stern Theater at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, to accommodate a large number of people who have RSVP'd to the event. The discussion on May 9 will be held at the Palo Alto High School's Haymarket Theater at 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The location for the final forum on May 22 will be held at Cubberley Community Center's Theatre at 4000 Middlefield Road.

Simitian will moderate each panel discussion that will be free to the public, but seating will be limited. RSVPs can be made by calling Simitian's office at 408-299-5050 or through the Commonwealth Club's website.

Editor's note: The original location of the April 3 talk has changed. It will not be held at the Rinconada Library but rather at Lucie Stern Theater.

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Community Notebook: 'Understanding Islam' speaker series

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will moderate three panels

Uploaded: Wed, Mar 22, 2017, 3:20 pm
Updated: Wed, May 3, 2017, 2:41 pm

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is looking to increase the public's knowledge of Islam and Muslims through a speaker series with regional leaders that will launch in Palo Alto next month.

Simitian, a former state senator and Palo Alto mayor, is collaborating with the Commonwealth Club for a free "Understanding Islam" speaker series that starts April 3.

"We're lucky to live in one of the most diverse places in the country," Simitian said in a press release.

"But without understanding the diverse cultures around us, misconceptions abound. Our goal is simple: to create a better understanding of Islam among the general public," he said.

"I've been feeling for some time it's important to have these discussions, the more I listen to what's happening on the national level," Simitian said in an interview with the Weekly.

The first panel discussion on April 3 will focus on the meaning of being Muslim.

The next forum on May 9 will be about politics and current events that affect how the United States understands Islam and Muslims.

The series will finish on May 22 with a talk on the meaning of being a Muslim woman and how Islam ties with gender today.

"We encourage Silicon Valley residents to attend these events, and invite their friends and neighbors as they provide a unique opportunity to hear and learn from some of the region's Muslim leaders," Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' San Francisco Bay Area chapter, said in a press release.

The scheduled panelists are Sumbul Ali-Karamali, author of "The Muslim Next Door," Jihad Turk, president of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school and Maha Elegenaidi and Ameena Jandali from the nonprofit Islamic Networks Group.

Commonwealth Club President and CEO Dr. Gloria Duffy said in a statement: "Not only will it lead to a greater understanding of the various interpretations of Islam, but it will create a beneficial dialogue between those of the Muslim faith and others in our community, at a time when open and respectful communication in our society is most needed."

Each 90-minute panel starts at 7 p.m. The first one will be held at Lucie Stern Theater at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, to accommodate a large number of people who have RSVP'd to the event. The discussion on May 9 will be held at the Palo Alto High School's Haymarket Theater at 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The location for the final forum on May 22 will be held at Cubberley Community Center's Theatre at 4000 Middlefield Road.

Simitian will moderate each panel discussion that will be free to the public, but seating will be limited. RSVPs can be made by calling Simitian's office at 408-299-5050 or through the Commonwealth Club's website.

Editor's note: The original location of the April 3 talk has changed. It will not be held at the Rinconada Library but rather at Lucie Stern Theater.

Comments

MikeCrescentPark
Crescent Park
on Mar 22, 2017 at 5:43 pm
MikeCrescentPark, Crescent Park
on Mar 22, 2017 at 5:43 pm
Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm
let me be blunt
College Terrace
on Mar 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm
let me be blunt, College Terrace
on Mar 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm
Hmmmmm....
Professorville
on Mar 22, 2017 at 5:57 pm
Hmmmmm...., Professorville
on Mar 22, 2017 at 5:57 pm
Enough Of This!
another community
on Mar 22, 2017 at 6:16 pm
Enough Of This!, another community
on Mar 22, 2017 at 6:16 pm

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Curmudgeon
Registered user
Downtown North
on Mar 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm
Curmudgeon, Downtown North
Registered user
on Mar 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm

Will these sessions be broadcast, podcast, or streamed?


Sanctimonious City
Registered user
Barron Park
on Mar 22, 2017 at 11:52 pm
Sanctimonious City, Barron Park
Registered user
on Mar 22, 2017 at 11:52 pm

Question #1 - How do we identify specifically which Islamic interpretations are dangerous to the west and how do we work together to destroy them?
Question#2 - How do we reconcile Sharia with western laws and values?

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Curmudgeon
Registered user
Downtown North
on Mar 23, 2017 at 11:58 am
Curmudgeon, Downtown North
Registered user
on Mar 23, 2017 at 11:58 am

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Jocelyn Dong
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editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Mar 30, 2017 at 10:23 am
Jocelyn Dong, editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
Registered user
on Mar 30, 2017 at 10:23 am

@Curmudgeon: According to Simitian's office, the series will be video- and audio-recorded but not live streamed. It's still TBD as to the website URL where the video and audio will be posted.


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