March 7, 2012
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — As a part of Women’s History Month, Marian University will welcome speaker Basimah Abdullah to present “The Role of Muslim Women in Western Society” on Wednesday, March 21 at 12:20 p.m. in Stayer Center 217/218.Abdullah has served as the principal of Clara Mohammed School, Inc. in Milwaukee since 1997, and has also been a participant in a four-year dialogue between the Presbyterian Church and the Muslim followers of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. This will be the speaker’s second visit to Marian.Dr. Maggie Wentzell, co-chair of the Marian University Social Justice Committee, noticed that her students were buzzing about a previous seminar given by Imam Ronald B. Shaheed on the Muslim-Christian Dialogue. In particular, Imam’s wife Basimah stood out with her engaging persona and willingness to share her opinions. Professor Wentzell says she decided to use this as an opportunity to increase awareness of Muslim women’s issues, especially during Women’s History Month.In addition to her work in the United States, Abdullah was also the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to study the elementary school system of Japan in 1998.