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.


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 […]
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