Hamza Yusuf, president of the U.S.’s first Muslim liberal arts college, to deliver talk, October 13, 2014

Hamza Yusuf, president of Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, will deliver a talk, “The Arts of Freedom: Protecting the Mind in an Age of Mass Media,” on Monday, October 13, 5:30pm, in Taylor Hall, room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Yusuf will be speaking about the nature, meaning, and significance of Islam and a liberal arts education. His lecture will address the pivotal way that liberal education places what Yusuf calls “true liberty” at the center of civilization, and how the decline of the liberal arts threatens the very freedoms that great liberal artists worked to establish.

Yusuf is president, co-founder, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. He is an advisor to Stanford University’s Program in Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at the Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. In addition, he serves as vice-president for the Global Center for Guidance and Renewal, which was founded and is currently presided over by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, one of the top jurists and masters of Islamic sciences in the world. Recently, Yusuf was ranked as “the Western world’s most influential Islamic scholar” by The Muslim 500.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Religion as part of its annual Frederick C. Wood Lecture Series, with co-sponsorship from the Departments of Anthropology, Education, History, Political Science and Sociology and the Programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, International Studies, Media Studies and Urban Studies.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, September 10, 2014