Controversial imam to give lecture on campus

The Georgetown University Lecture Fund will be hosting Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the controversial Park51 mosque.

The Park51 mosque, commonly referred to as the Ground Zero mosque, became a controversy this past summer because of its proximity to the location of the World Trade Center.

As reported by The Hoya, Rauf will be part of a panel at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center on March 1. The panel is mainly geared toward graduate students and faculty members.

Lecture Fund has informed the Voice that they have also been able to schedule Rauf for a lecture at 6 p.m. that evening in Lohrfink Auditorium geared toward undergraduate students.

According to Jon Askonas (SFS ’13), the student in charge of the event for the Lecture Fund, they have been in talks with the Cordoba Initiative since November to try to have Rauf as a speaker.

Rauf will be speaking about the separation between religion and politics in both the United States and in the Muslim world. A moderated question and answer period will follow the speech.

As of now there are no plans to do a live webcast of the speech, but the speech is likely to be recorded.

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