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.


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

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” […]
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