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Global Events Forum Speaker Addresses Democracy, Islam

February 2, 2011
Feb. 2, 2011
Dinesh
Dinesh D'Souza
Despite the perceptions of many in the United States, there is no incompatibility between Islam and democracy, prominent writer and speaker Dinesh D'Souza told students at Palm Beach Atlantic University on Monday.

In fact, the majority of Muslims in the world today live in democracies outside of the Middle East, in countries like Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, said D'Souza, who spoke during the University's Global Events Forum in the Warren Library.

D'Souza, a noted apologist and author of several books, including What's So Great About Christianity, lectured and took questions during the hour-long session.

Accompanying him was Bruce Schooley, editor of tothesource, a weekly eblast newsletter dealing with cultural issues. Schooley has extensive business experience with product development and production management in the United States and around the world.

Earlier in the day, the two spoke to an international finance class and also to a small group of business and ministry students.

The goal of the forum is to foster critical thinking within the PBA community regarding global events covered by the American news media, as well as to promote an open exchange of ideas. The event was sponsored by PBA's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Think for Yourself - Write for Others; the Rinker School of Business; the School of Ministry; and the Office of Career Development.

Past speakers have included Dr. Gerald P. Dwyer, director of the Center for Financial Innovation and Stability and vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Dr. Thom Wolf, president and professor of global studies at the University Institute in New Delhi, India; and Margarita Gonzalez Holder, research associate for Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta.

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