CANCELED: Kean University to Host Lecture by Haras Rafiq

UNION, N.J. - The Human Rights Institute and Department of Political Science at Kean University will host a lecture, Lessons from the U.K.: A British Muslim Gives Americans Advice on Fighting Terrorism, on Tuesday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kean Hall Conference Center, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Haras Rafiq, the founding director of CENTRI (Counter Extremisim ConsulTancy Training Research & Interventions), will serve as the guest speaker. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Gilbert Kahn at

Previously, Rafiq was a co-founder and the first executive director of the Sufi Muslim Council. He was appointed to the British government’s task force to look at the U.K. government’s response to the terrorist bombings in London on July 7, 2005, and to counter extremism. He is also a founding member of Muslims Against Anti-Semitism.

The mission of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University is to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide and to inspire action to combat injustices worldwide. The Human Rights Institute sponsors a broad range of activities, including seminars and conferences, and works with school districts to produce curricula and materials for students.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.

Millie Gonzalez
February 8, 2011

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