DURHAM, N.C.—Christian and Muslim thought-leaders will come together with government policy and security experts Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, for what is expected to be a lively roundtable discussion at North Carolina Central University.
The discussion on “Islam and Global Security” will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at NCCU’s Mary Townes Science Building, 1900 Concord Street. The event is free and open to the public.
“We coordinated this panel discussion in response to what has happened in Paris and other European cities that are having pro- and anti-Islam demonstrations,” said Rolin Mainuddin, associate professor of political science at NCCU, who will moderate.
“Some in the security industry have tried to blame Islam for terrorist violence, while the Muslim community will say Islam is not responsible; I want to bring that up and get it on the table.”
Mainuddin said Tuesday’s roundtable discussion will be the first in a series of events planned to introduce NCCU’s new post-baccalaureate Global Security Certificate Program that will launch in fall 2015 as part of the university’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Panelists for the event include:
• Mawlid Ali, imam at Jamaat Abad ar-Rahman mosque in Durham
• Anna Bigelow, associate professor of Religious Studies at North Carolina State University
• Kathryn Fisher, assistant professor of International Security Studies the College of International Security Affairs’ National Defense University at Fort Bragg
• Minnie Sangster, professor of French at NCCU
• David Schanzer, an associate professor at Duke University and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security
NCCU is part of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies that was awarded a $1.86 million five-year grant in 2014 to create a regional Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. The effort involves collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University.
The four academic partners are charged with developing new courses to analyze the intelligence process and its role in global and human security, Mainuddin said.
NCCU’s Global Security Certificate Program will address issues related to government and military security operations, as well as “transnational human security,” including safety issues facing international refugees and victims of human trafficking.