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Roanoke Valley Reads Panel: Overcoming Fear and Mistrust

  • Dates: October 20, 2016
  • Times: 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Location: Taubman Museum of Art
    110 Salem Ave SE
    Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Phone: (540) 265-9339
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Join Roanoke Valley Reads for a panel discussion featuring: -Dr. Saleem Ahmed, Masjid An Nur Islamic Center and professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, --Dr. Dana Ackley, psychologist and CEO of EQ Leader, Inc., --Sam Rasoul, elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in January 2014. He is the only Muslim member of the Virginia General Assembly. (Additional panelists to be announced.) Moderated by Dr Russ Merritt, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Literacy The panel will be an interfaith dialogue, focusing on why humans can be mistrustful or uncomfortable with those who are different than them, and ways to counteract and overcome those tendencies individually and as a society. Blue Ridge Catering will be selling refreshments, and there will be a tour of Eric Standley's Islamic-inspired installation installation Daphne. More info here: http://www.taubmanmuseum.org/main/exhibitions/daphne-installation-eric-standley More information about Roanoke Valley Reads: www.roanokevalleyreads.com Roanoke Valley Reads (RVR) is an annual community-wide reading experience in which people across the Valley read a chosen book then come together to discuss it and attend activities related to themes in the book. RVR was founded by volunteers, and in 2016 became a program of Blue Ridge Literacy. It seeks to: -encourage people to make reading a part of their daily lives -foster a sense of community by bringing together people of different ages, races, religions and socio-economic levels -promote tolerance and understanding of differing points of view -emphasize the importance of literacy

Roanoke Valley Reads Panel: Overcoming Fear and Mistrust