For Immediate Release 
Further information: Contact Joseph Giomboni 
Public Relations Office (570) 208-5957

Oct. 26, 2016 - International human rights lawyer and best-selling author Atty. Arsalan Iftikhar will discuss issues of Islamaphobia in the United States during a free public lecture at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Burke Auditorium at King’s College. 

Among the questions Iftikhar will discuss is a definition of Islmaphobia, what repercussions it has in a free pluralistic society, and how Islamaphobia affects news coverage, public policy, and political rhetoric?  The event is co-sponsored by the Multicultural and International Student Programs at King’s and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC).

Iftikhar is the author of the book “Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms” and “Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era.” He has served as senior editor for “The Islamic Monthly, ”and as an adjunct professor of religious studies at DePaul University. He was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he earned his degree in 2003. 

His interviews, commentaries and analyses have appeared or aired on major media outlets, including CNN, BBC World News, National Public Radio, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, Associated Press, “USA Today,” “The Washington Post,“ ”Los Angeles Times,” “The New York Times,” “Rolling Stone,” “TIME,” and “The Economist.”

Iftikhar has given keynote speeches and guest lectures at prestigious institutions and global venues including Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), The Newseum, and Rockefeller Foundation.

NEPDEC's mission is to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse communities and workplaces. To accomplish its goal, NEPDEC provides educational programming and consultation, supports member's diversity initiatives, organizes networking and social events for relaxed interaction and sharing, and builds alliances among historically isolated groups. For more information about NEPDEC, please visit the website

The Burke Auditorium is located in the William G. McGowan School of Business on North River Street. Parking will be available in on-campus lots. For more information, please contact Jasmine Tabron, director of multicultural and international student programs at King’s, at (570) 208-5898. 

Atty. Arsalan Iftikhar