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Our Teach-In series uses film to create awareness about significant contemporary issues and provoke dialogue and discussion. They are held twice a month and are free-of-charge, although a donation will be requested.

Monday, October 16, 2017

What Is Islam?

Malcolm X with Laith Al-Saud

Film still: Malcolm X


"Absolutely necessary... a powerful statement against an entertainment culture which routinely prioritised the experience of white saviours in civil rights narratives"
  —The Guardian
4 stars "This is an extraordinary life, and Spike Lee has told it in an extraordinary film"
  —Roger Ebert

Spike Lee's film is, in the words of Roger Ebert, "one of the great screen biographies" and stars Denzel Washington as the charismatic religious and political leader. His life story was one of re-invention, as he embraced Islam along with his growing activism. The goal of this Teach-In is to illuminate Islam, which is often misinterpreted and stigmatized in the current political climate.

Directed by Spike Lee, USA, 1992, 202 mins.

Laith Al-Saud is Professor of Islamic World Studies at De Paul University, and expert on Islamic thought and contemporary Middle Eastern politics. He lectures broadly and has published numerous articles such as "Interpretations in Islamic Political Thought". He is a regular contributor to NPR and co-author of the book, An Introduction to Islam for the 21st Century.


  • Monday, Oct. 16 at 6 pm

FREE admission!
Donations are requested.


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