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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Islamphobia: A Creation of American Society

In this Honors Thesis, the presenter looks at the causes of Islamphobia in today's society. It is undeniable that this phenomenon has been present throughout history, but here readers discover why it has become such a major threat to the United States today. American society, based on capitalism and democracy, has a continued history of treating certain groups unjustly. Furthermore, many movements have in some way been backed up, if not encouraged, by the United States' government. Unfortunately, in today's world, America has been united against a common enemy for several reasons in which we can overcome through education and building cultural bridges. The presenter also conducted a survey of college students to find out their views on Islam, the effects 9-11 had on their views of the religion, as well as how education and clubs have influenced (or not influenced) their views and understandings of the Islamic faith.

Presenter: Cierra Wallis (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 12 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)