Rockford, Illinois

David H. Caskey Memorial Lecture

Caskey Lecture

2015 Lecture

Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Physical Education Center

Keynote Speaker: Bassam Tariq

Admission: Free

Who can attend? Open to the entire community

The Lecture: Pew Research Center studies indicate that the majority of Americans have a negative perception of Islam, believing that the religion encourages violence. And how can they be blamed? Around the world today, ISIS is beheading US civilians, the Boko Haram is kidnapping young girls in Nigeria, the Taliban in Pakistan are bombing public buses - in the name of Islam. But are they really representative of a faith of 1.7 billion people?

Bassam Tariq

About Bassam Tariq: Bassam Tariq is a TED Fellow and director of the acclaimed film These Birds Walk. Through his work - as a filmmaker, blogger, and halal butcher shop owner - he shares intimate stories of Muslims from around the world. A captivating storyteller who recently received a standing ovation at TEDGlobal, Tariq talks about social entrepreneurship, overcoming stereotypes, and what it’s like to be a Muslim in America today. Bassam Tariq’s film These Birds Walk, about street children in Karachi, Pakistan, made the New Yorker, IndieWire, and Sight & Sounds Magazine’s best of the year lists. These days, he can be found working at his sustainable halal butcher shop, Honest Chops, in the East Village or in Greenwich Village developing his next film at Radical Media.

Film Screening

These Birds Walk - A Film by Bassam Tariq
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 3:00pm
Student Center Atrium
Free admission and open to all.

Hear Bassam talk about his film, and watch the trailer: These Birds Walk