Promoting Dialogue on Campuses – Past Events



AHA Foundation’s campus program, the Critical Thinking Unit (CTU), promotes freedom of speech and thought, human rights and liberty for all on college campuses across North America.


In conjunction with our partner Ideas Beyond Borders, our student leaders host impartial debates and events about cultural, religious and policy issues, especially the adaptability of Islam with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Diversity of thought and freedom of expression is decreasing on college campuses across North America, and CTU works to defend these rights for all students, especially those within the political and ideological minority on their campuses.


November 29, 2018

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and Jacob Mchangama at Columbia University, “Blasphemy”

Video Link:   Event Description:   By Columbia CTU fellow Serena Killion:   On October 28, Danish human […]
November 27, 2018

Dr. Deborah Ottenheimer at the University of Cincinnati, “End FGM”

Event Description:   “End Female Genital Mutilation” was a presentation on what Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is, where […]
November 13, 2018

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and Nadia Oweidat at York University, “Preventing Extremism Before It Takes Root”

Video:   Event Description: Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, an Iraqi-born award-winning human rights activist, writer and counter extremism […]
November 1, 2018

Dr. Tawfik Hamid at Dartmouth College, “Critical Thinking and the Ideological Battle Against Radical Islam”

Video:   Event Description: Dr. Tawfik Hamid, M.D., is a journalist and scholar, originally from Egypt, and the […]
November 1, 2018

Amanda Parker and Angela Peabody at American University, “FGM in the U.S.: A Call to Action”

  Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OElaFqgiwqQ Event Description: “FGM in the U.S.: A Call to Action” was a presentation on […]
October 24, 2018

Ani Zonneveld and Blair Imani at the University of Michigan, “Minority Muslims in the Media”

  Video Link:  https://www.facebook.com/IdeasBorders/videos/2115348931831841/ Event Description: “Minority Muslims in the Media” was a discussion of representation of Muslims, […]
October 13, 2018

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and Yasmine Mohammed at Harvard University, “Fight for Justice Conference”

Event Description:   Written by Harvard CTU fellow Natalie Le   The Students for Liberty “Fight for Justice” […]
October 9, 2018

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and Zachary Wood at Columbia University, “Shattering the Echo Chamber”

Video Link: Event Description: On October 9, 100 attendees, made up of both Columbia students and outside guests, […]
May 22, 2018

Yasmine Mohammed and Faisal Al Mutar at Stanford University, “Muslims, Islamists and Jihadis: What’s the Difference?”

Event Description:   Human rights activists Faisal Saeed  Al Mutar and Yasmine Mohammed hosted a conversation about the […]
April 26, 2018

The Red Sand Gala at Vassar College

Event Description:   The Red Sand Gala was a night dedicated to advocacy and awareness on human trafficking. […]
April 23, 2018

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser at the University of Notre Dame, “Taking on the Islamist Establishment”

YouTube video of full event: “Taking on the Islamist Establishment” Event Description: M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., is the […]
April 19, 2018

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Flemming Rose, Mustafa Akyol and Jacob Mchangama at Harvard University, “Dissent from Minorities Within Minorities”

Event Description: This panel, “Dissent from Minorities Within Minorities” featured Mustafa Akyol, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and Flemming […]
April 17, 2018

Yasmine Mohammed at Harvard University, “From Al-Qaeda to Atheism”

AHA YouTube Clip “People have rights, ideas don’t have rights” Event Description: Yasmine Mohammed spoke for roughly an […]
April 10, 2018

Dr. Elham Manea at Stanford University, “Radicalized at 16: The Dangers of Non-Violent Extremism”

Event Description: Dr. Elham Manea is a Swiss-Yemeni Muslim reformer, human rights activist and academic who researches and […]
April 7, 2018

Dr. Elham Manea at Portland State University, “Radical to Rational: The Dangers of Non-Violent Extremism”

YouTube video of Full Event Event Description: Dr. Elham Manea is a Swiss-Yemeni Muslim reformer, human rights activist […]
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