America and Islam
Nine Years On
A conversation with Jack Miles, Waleed Aly and Geoffrey Garrett
7.00 pm Wednesday 15 September 2010
Monash University Caulfield Campus
ACJC Bld H level 8, 900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East
A free public seminar sponsored by the
United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney,
Monash Global Terrorism Research Centre
Monash Centre for Islam and the Modern World
The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC)
The Monash European and EU Centre
Monash Asia Institute
Professor Jack Miles
Pulitzer Prize winning author of GOD: A Biography and Professor at the University of California, Irvine
Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and Fellow for Religious Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy, Jack Miles is a writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and many other publications.
His book GOD: A Biography won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and has been translated into sixteen languages, including Hebrew and Chinese. A sequel to that book entitled CHRIST: A Crisis in the Life of God—published simultaneously in 2001 in the United States, Britain, Germany, and France—was reviewed on the front page of the New York Times Book Review and led to Miles being named a MacArthur Fellow in 2002.
Waleed is an Australian academic, lawyer and Muslim community leader. A frequent and authoritative commentator in the media on Australian Muslim affairs he is also the first Australian Muslim to work regularly as a radio talk show host (on ABC radio in Melbourne). He is a regular commentator on ABC2 TV’s New Breakfast program and wrote for and hosted SBS TV’s Salam Cafe.
He is the author of the influential People Like Us: How Arrogance is Dividing Islam and the West (Picador, 2007). He is a lecturer at the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University, Melbourne where he is undertaking his PhD on the causal dynamics of jihadi Islamist terrorism.
Professor Geoffrey Garrett
Dr Geoffrey Garrett is founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre and Professor of Political Science at the University of Sydney. He is a frequent commentator on all aspects of US politics, economics and foreign policy in Australian media, including The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, Sky TV and ABC radio and television programs.
Among the most influential political scientists of his generation, Garrett is author of Partisan Politics in the Global Economy, editor of The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy. Garrett has held academic appointments at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations.