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Author Reza Aslan to address future of the Middle East

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Resa Aslan shrunkBy Carla Villasana-Acosta

(UPDATE) Unfortunately, Reza Aslan has not been able to make it to Grand Rapids due to the winter weather, and the Diversity Lecture Series has been cancelled for tonight. Aslan’s lecture will be rescheduled, check back for more details.

Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Lecture Series continues to provide insight into current issues in society with a new lecture that discusses the impact of a young generation in a misunderstood region of the world.

The lecture titled “Youth Revolt: The Future of The Middle East” will be held by Reza Aslan, a renowned writer and religious scholar. He is the author of the bestsellers “Zealot: The Life and Time of Jesus of Nazareth” and “Not god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” which was considered “one of the 100 most important books of the last decade” according to his official website.

During the event, Aslan will address how points of view differ among generations, explaining how the youth’s role in today’s Middle East presents new values concerning topics such as political activism and social awareness that do not portray the image given by previous generations in the region.

The Diversity Lecture Series offers a wide range of different perspectives on current multicultural topics dealing with politics, identity, society, environment, and more.

Christina Arnold, director of the GRCC Diversity Learning Center, explained that “the essence of our purpose and our expectation (is) that the audience will experience something that is a new way of looking at a subject that adds to their understanding and may even prompt a deeper study of the topic.”

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the Fountain Street Church.