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 5, 2020
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American University: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: How One Woman Turned Her Pain into Advocacy

Watch:   Event Description:  A survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM), child sexual assault, and rape, F.A. Cole […]
October 7, 2020
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Surviving Child Marriage in the United States: Yes, it happens here too. Legally.

Event Description: A webinar and screening of the film “Speaking Frankly: Child Marriage” by CBSN Originals. Q&A with […]
February 26, 2020

Film Screening at The University of Pennsylvania: Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Event Description: On February 26, 2020 College Republicans, with support from CTU, screened Islam and the Future of […]
February 22, 2020
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Harvard University: Make America Dinner Again (MADA) Roundtable Discussion

Event Description: On February 22, 2020, ten students with diverging viewpoints at Harvard University gathered to eat dinner […]
November 5, 2019

Female Genital Mutilation: A Survivor’s Story at Texas Tech University

Video Link:   Event Description:   Female Genital Mutilation: A Survivor’s Story took place Tuesday, November 5 at […]
October 1, 2019

The (Transformative) Power of Women at Pepperdine University

Video Link:   Event Description:   After facing repeated attempts, some of which were successful, to ban her […]
September 12, 2019

Books Not Bombs: Translating the Western Canon for the Islamic World at University of Texas at Austin

Video Link:   Event Description:   On September 12, 2019, Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar gave a lecture about the […]
April 23, 2019

HATE: Why We Should Combat It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, at University of Notre Dame

Video Link: Watch our CTU event LIVE at the University of Notre Dame featuring Former ACLU president Nadine […]
April 16, 2019
Preventing FGM in the U.S. and North Carolina

Preventing FGM in the U.S. and North Carolina, at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Video Link:   Event Description:   AHA Senior Director Amanda Parker spoke to students at the University of […]
March 31, 2019
Facing Forced Marriage in America

Facing Forced Marriage in America, Nina Van Harn at Stanford University

Video Link:   Event Description:   Nina Van Harn, forced marriage survivor and the winner of the first […]
March 28, 2019

Nadine Strossen at York University, “Social Justice and Free Speech: Dismantling Hate through Dialogue”

Video Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheCriticalThinkingUnit/videos/281181346111601/   Event Description: Nadine Strossen, the youngest-ever and first female serving president of the American […]
March 21, 2019

Panel: “Religious Extremism in the Middle East” at the University of Rochester

Video Link:     Event Description: On Thursday, March 21 the University of Rochester College Republicans and Ahmadiyya […]
February 26, 2019
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Dr. Deborah Ottenheimer at Vassar College, “The Medical Side of Child Marriage and Human Trafficking”

Written by Vassar College CTU fellow, Grace Roebuck   On February 26th, an audience made up of both […]
February 22, 2019

Film Screening at Columbia University: Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Video Link:   Event Description:   On February 22nd, Columbia Colloquia, with support from CTU, screened Islam and […]
February 21, 2019

Film Screening at the University of Cincinnati: Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Event Description:   On February 21st, fellows at the University of Cincinnati, with support from CTU, screened Islam […]
February 20, 2019

Dr. Ellen Gruenbaum and F.A. Cole at the University of Michigan, “FGM Beyond Borders”

Video Link:   Event Description:   FGM Beyond Borders was a discussion focused on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): […]
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 27, 2018

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and Christopher Preble at George Washington University, “Does Islamic Extremism require US Military Intervention?”

Video link:   Event Description: On November 27th, 2018, students and outside guests gathered at George Washington University […]
November 26, 2018

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and Muhammad Frasier-Rahim at the University of North Carolina, “Countering Extremism in the Age of Polarization”

Video Link: Event Description: “Countering Extremism in the Age of Polarization” was a conversation between Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim […]
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 […]
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 […]
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