Thursday, May 17, 2007

Covering the Muslim Community

Covering the Muslim Community will be presented from 2:45-3:45 p.m. on Saturday.

The presentation will be introduced by Abe Levy of the Express-News. The panel is compiled of Amjed Baghdadi and Donna Gehrke-White. The main focus of this session is to explain and discuss the ways to handle writing about the Muslim world. Since 9-11, the Muslim community has become a highlight for public scrutiny and judgment. Amjed Baghdadi and Donna Gehrke-White will lead the way to a new concept of approaching and writing about Muslims.

Amjed Baghdadi was raised in Texas and attended Texas A&M. He is a health-care consultant. As well as the director of public relations for the Islamic Center of San Antonio. He has also served as president for a university Muslim association, a Muslim awareness committee and an Islamic community center. He loves discussing his faith and contemporary views with non-Muslims.

Donna Gehrke-White grew up near St. Joseph, Missouri. She graduated magna cum laude from Drake University in Iowa. She continued her master’s degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. Throughout her career Gehrke-White has written for The Louisville Courier-Journal, The Associated Press and The Miami News. Donna Gehrke-White is currently a journalist for the Miami Herald. Donna is married to Timothy J. White. He is an editor at the Miami Herald. They have two children, Nicholas and Alexander. She has covered many fascinating articles, won national awards for her reporting, and shared in two Pulitzer prizes. She also wrote “The Face Behind the Veil: The Extraordinary Lives of Muslim Women in America.”

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