Salam Association is a CSU, Chico organization that aims to create a wide range of events, including speakers, to promote cross-cultural dialogue, discussion, and free exchange of ideas. In addition, the organization intends to provide a better understanding of different concepts of Islam and Islamic culture.

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Injustice Against Humanity - An Islamic Perspective

Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer
Associate Chaplain & Assistant Research Scholar, New York Univerisity

Early in his presentation, Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer declares, “Every human being desires justice,” and that this desire transcends religious boundaries. Yet, there is injustice all around us. In fact, in his experience as a chaplain Jaffer speaks with many students who feel oppressed in some way. He explains the three facets of justice in Islamic tradition. Jaffer emphasizes that everyone has a responsibility to speak out against injustice and oppression. Presentation Time: 39 minutes | View Now

What It Means to Be Culturally Responsive!

Dr. Radhi Al-Mabuk
Faculty, University of Northern Iowa, Education Department

The United States has become increasingly diverse; according to 2016 U.S. Census data, only 61 percent of the population is non-Hispanic Caucasian. One of Dr. Al-Mabuk’s goals as an educator is to promote social values, including diversity, inside and outside the classroom. He believes people can learn, share, and celebrate differences. In this presentation, Dr. Al-Mabuk discusses his definition of cultural responsiveness: The willingness to acknowledge the existence of, show interest in, demonstrate knowledge of, and express appreciation for the individual’s ethnicity and culture. Presentation Time: 48 minutes | View Now

The Writer’s Voice: Creative Non-Fiction

Dr. Daryl Farmer

Faculty, Department of English, University of Alaska-Fairbanks


Dr. Daryl Farmer reads from and discusses “Bicycling Beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West.” His book follows him on his 5,000-mile journey through the diverse populations and ever-changing physical and social landscapes that make up America. In 1985, Dr. Farmer traveled by bicycle through 11 Western states and the Canadian province of British Columbia. He wrote his book 20 years later, using the notes from the journal he kept while “on the road.” His story takes place in the context of the world of the mid-1980s and also in the context of his current perspective. He is the recipient of Barnes and Nobel’s Discover Great New Writers Award.


Presentation Time: 1 hour, 11 minutes