This month’s event is KCAUSA’s first Lunch and Learn, the first of a series that will introduce us to Middle Eastern Culture.
In this session, Dr. Alexs Thompson, Ph.D., Middle Eastern Studies, will provide basic principles of Islam and how they impact current events in the Middle East and the United States.
Discussion points will include Islam’s orgin, some important historical and religious events, and various expressions of Islam around the world.
Dr. Thompson has extensive experience in academic research, personal and professional travel, consulting work with US and foreign government and militaries, and has written and taught on these subjects, as well.
Registration cost will go towards your fountain drink, coffee, or tea and what will be drawn for a door prize. Meals will be on your own and ordered off the menu.
Wednesday October 19, 2016 11:30am – 1:00pm Perkins Restaurant & Bakery 11200 W. 87th Street Lenexa, KS
$5/person. Register no later than October 17 using the pay pal button below or email Treka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come learn about this very important topic in a casual and interactive learning environment! We look forward to seeing you there!
Alexs Thompson received his Ph.D. from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago where he focused on the history of religions and Islam. In the course of his studies, he traveled and studied in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, and throughout the United Arab Emirates. As a student he conducted field research among fundamentalist Muslims to better understand the origins of extremist forms of Islam. Based on his knowledge and experience, Alexs consulted for the U.S. government and worked with various U.S. and foreign militaries in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, and other countries. He focused on providing cultural and religious context for units operating in combat areas. Alexs continues to write and speak about the history of Islam from its beginnings to current forms of terrorism; the role of religion in the formation of foreign policy; counterinsurgency; Middle Eastern history; and the history of religions.