It is commonly said that we fear what we don’t understand. Living up to our American ideals requires us to understand our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends despite our diverse backgrounds. Yet in recent years, Muslims in America have rarely been portrayed as nuanced and complex human beings, and the reality is that most Americans say they don’t know a Muslim personally. In an effort to correct this, ISPU launched the Muslims for American Progress (MAP) project. MAP pairs human stories with hard facts and quantifies the contributions of Muslims in the state of Michigan.
Join us in Grand Rapids on April 24 for "Portraits of American Muslims: Civility in a Pluralistic Community." At this event, you will hear from ISPU's Sarrah Buageila, who will present findings from the MAP project. The event is part of a "Cultivating Community through Civil Discourse” series sponsored by the Kent District Library and the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. For more about the series: http://www.worldmichigan.org/civil