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Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia

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Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speaker Series

Frank Islam and Sanjay Rai Photo

Photo above features Frank Islam (left) and Dr. Sanjay Rai (right). The artwork behind Mr. Islam and Dr. Rai was created by David Carter, the chair of the Germantown Art Department, as a gift from the College to Mr. Islam.

Dr. Rai's Interview: The Frank Islam Show

Dr. Sanjay Rai, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, was interviewed in May on The Frank Islam Show, where they discussed the exciting happenings at Montgomery College. The interview aired on several networks on July 6. Please go to the following link to watch the interview:

The following is a list of speakers for the Fall 2015 Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia.


Thursday, September 10 - 7:00 p.m.
Richard Reeves, author
President Kennedy: Profile in Power
President Nixon: Alone in the White House

President Reagan: Triumph of Imagination
Traveling with Tocqueville in Search of Democracy
Professor, Annenberg School of Journalism at USC 

Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese Internment in World War II (published 2015)

Remarkable account of one of the “greatest violations of civil liberties in the history of the U.S.: Executive Order 9066, authorizing the detainment of Japanese nationals and American citizens of Japanese descent in a system of concentration camps scattered throughout the American West.”


Thursday, October 1 - 7:00 p.m.
Jennine Capo Crucet, author
Winner of the PEN/O. Henry Prize, Iowa Short Fiction award, and John Gardener Book Prize, Jennine is the first Cuban-American in her family and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornell University. Her first language was Spanish.

Make Your Home Among Strangers (published 2015)

Stunning portrait of a young woman, a daughter of Cuban immigrants, who is accepted to an Ivy League college and is “torn between generational, cultural, and political forces; it’s the story of what it means to be American today.”


Tuesday, October 13 - 7:00 p.m.
Samantha Lakin, Fulbright Scholar
Lakin is an author, researcher, and expert on transitional justice and genocide. Look for her on the TED Talks, TedXFulbright2015, on September 26.  She recently presented her research to the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University. 

Genocide, Justice, and Dignity: The Holocaust and Rwanda

Lakin’s book TESTIMONIES/TEMOIGNAGES: Stories of Refugee Children Rescued to Switzerland During World War II, documents the rescue of Holocaust survivors from Nazi persecution to Switzerland. Lakin has also done extensive field work in Rwanda, serving as Advisor on the Rwandan National Reparations Program.


Tuesday, October 20 - 7:00 p.m.
Manal Omar, VP, U.S. Institute for Peace
Omar is Vice-President of the Middle East and Africa Center.
She worked with Women for Women International as regional coordinator for Afghanistan. Named one of the “Top 500 World’s Most Influential Arabs”.

Peace in the Middle East: Using Culture to Solve Problems

Author of Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity - My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos and “Libya: Rebuilding from Scratch” in Islamists are Coming. Omar poses the idea of not imposing Western values in solving Middle East problems.


Wednesday,November 11 - 7:00 p.m.
Knight Kiplinger, Economic Journalist
President and Editor in Chief of the Kiplinger Financial Media Company - The Kiplinger Letter, the Kiplinger Finance magazine - Kiplinger is “one of America’s most respected economic journalists and business forecasters”

Corporate Culture, Ethics, and Responsibility

The Kiplinger Financial Media Company was recognized as “one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.” In the Q & A session, Kiplinger will answer questions about Investing, the Economic Outlook, and Politics. He is the author of World Boom Ahead.


Tuesday, December 1 - 7:00 p.m.
William Chang, Classical Pianist
Chang earned his MM at the Peabody School of Music, his BM at the Toho School of Music, and his DMA from the University of Maryland.  He studied classical piano with Larissa Dedova and chamber music with Rita Sloan. 

Piano Recital: Selections from Scriabin, Beethoven, and Liszt

Chang has performed at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City and internationally in Japan and Korea. His playing is breathtaking and inspired. We will be hearing the sounds of Carnegie Hall in Globe Hall. Professor Chang teaches at Montgomery College and the Black Rock Center for the Arts.

Free to students and public
Location: Montgomery College, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, MD 20876, Germantown Campus, High Tech Building, Globe Hall

No Reservations Required.
For questions, contact Joan Naake at 240-567-1951 or Email: .

For accommodations, please call 240-567-7767 or 240-567-6967

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