Reza Aslan to Deliver the UN Committee Lecture

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New Canaan Library and the UN Committee of New Canaan are pleased to announce that Dr. Reza Aslan will be guest lecturer for the UN Committee Lecture on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.  Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and a scholar of religions, who has recently appeared on several major media outlets to discuss his new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." Because of the anticipated audience size, this lecture will be held in the Seldin Performing Arts Center at St. Luke's School in New Canaan.

Dr. Aslan holds degrees in Religions from Santa Clara University; Harvard University; and the University of California, Santa Barbara; as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. 


Dr. Reza Aslan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. In addition to his writings and work with he serves on the board of directors of the Ploughshares Fund, which gives grants for peace and security issues; Abraham's Vision, an educational, conflict transformation organization for Israeli and Palestinian youths; PEN USA, which champions the rights of writers under siege around the world; and the Levantine Cultural Center, which builds bridges between Americans and the Arab/Muslim world through the arts.

Aslan's first book is the international best seller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into thirteen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age), as well as editor of two volumes: Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalties, Contentions, and Complexities.

The lecture is co-sponsored by New Canaan Library and will take place in the Seldin Performing Arts Center at St.  Lukes School, 377 North Wilton Road, New Canaan. Early registration is suggested; a large audience is expected and space is limited. This program is free and open to the pubilc. Suggested donation $10.