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 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 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 […]
April 4, 2018

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

YouTube Clip: “I have the right to criticize my religion” Event Description: Dr. Elham Manea is a Swiss-Yemeni […]
April 2, 2018

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser at Duke University, “The American-Muslim Identity: Patriot or Insurgent?”

Event Description: Dr. Zudhi Jasser, an expert on Islamism and a former Naval officer, spoke at Duke University […]
April 2, 2018

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar at the University of Oklahoma, “Enlightenment Values, the Golden Age of Islam, and Reform”

Event Description: Faisal Saeed al-Mutar was born in Iraq and admitted to the United States as a refugee […]
April 2, 2018

Dr. Elham Manea at Princeton 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 […]
March 22, 2018

“MENA: Why Did Democracy Fail and How Can We Revive It?”

Event Description: Gissou Nia is a human rights lawyer and Iran expert. She most recently acted as the […]
March 15, 2018

Yasmine Mohammed at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “From Al-Qaeda to Atheism”

Event Description: Yasmine is an Arab-Canadian college instructor, activist, podcaster and writer. Yasmine shares her story of growing […]
November 28, 2017

“Female Genital Mutilation, Child Marriage and Breastfeeding Across Cultures”

Event Description: “FGM, Child Marriage and Breastfeeding Across Cultures” was a talk by Elisabeth Ubbe, a Swedish photojournalist […]
November 28, 2017

Amanda Parker and Elisabeth Ubbe at Vassar College, “Harmful Cultural Practices”

Event Description: “Harmful Cultural Practices” was a panel featuring award-winning Swedish photojournalist and former midwife Elisabeth Ubbe, as […]
November 8, 2017

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar at Portland State University, “Are Western Values Worth Defending?”

Event Description: Faisal Saeed al-Mutar was born in Iraq and admitted to the United States as a refugee […]
October 10, 2017

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar at University of Maryland, College Park, “Freedom of Expression in the Arab World”

Event Description: Faisal Saeed al-Mutar was born in Iraq and admitted to the United States as a refugee […]