Scholar, writer to address 'Zealot' at UN lecture
Reza Aslan, a writer, journalist and scholar, will deliver the United Nations Committee of New Canaan's annual lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in the Seldin Performing Arts Center at St. Luke's School, 377 North Wilton Road, New Canaan.
Aslan is the founder of AslanMedia.com, an online journal. He holds degrees in religious studies, theology and sociology from Santa Clara University, Harvard University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, respectively, as well as a master of fine arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction.
Aslan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities and the Pacific Council on International Policy. In addition to his writings and work with AslanMedia.com, he serves on the board of directors of the Ploughshares Fund, which gives grants for peace and security issues; Abraham's Vision, an educational, conflict transformation organization for Israeli and Palestinian youths; PEN USA, which champions the rights of writers under siege around the world; and the Levantine Cultural Center, which builds bridges between Americans and the Arab/Muslim world through the arts.
Aslan's first book is the best-seller "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam," which has been translated into 13 languages and was named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade, according to a release. He is also the author of "How to Win a Cosmic War," which was published in paperback as "Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age," as well as editor of two volumes, "Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East" and "Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalties, Contentions, and Complexities."
Space is limited so early registration is recommended. A $10 donation is suggested. To register, call 203-594-5000 or visit newcanaanlibrary.org.