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SALON AT THE BENTON in conjunction with UConn Reads

Friday, March 3, 2017
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Storrs Campus
The William Benton Museum of Art

Salon at the Benton Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America Friday, March 3, 2017 5–7 pm


Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America a UConn Reads book by Eboo Patel

What does it mean to be an American? The United States is a country built on the pillars of pluralism and tolerance, yet ignorance and suspicion remain at the forefront of contemporary politics and culture. Can we create a better national and international community through a coordinated interfaith movement, shared history and intermingling of diverse religious cultures?


Angela Rola is the founding Director of the Asian American Cultural Center at UConn. She has developed a variety of programs focusing on the diverse Asian American community in both the State of Connecticut and across the nation. Angela teaches an FYE course on Asian American Mentoring and Leadership, and lectures extensively in undergraduate and graduate courses on this campus as well as schools and companies nationwide. She is a diversity trainer for state mandated training and develops site appropriate training programs. Angela is the Chair of the Asian Pacific American Coalition of Connecticut.

Clare Costley King’oo is Associate Professor and Director of Honors in English at UConn. Her expertise lies in early modern studies, with particular emphasis on the literature and culture of the Protestant Reformation. In addition to publishing essays, articles, and book reviews in the field, Dr. King’oo is author of Miserere Mei: The Penitential Psams in the Late Medieval and Early Modern England (University of Notre Dame Press), which won the Conference on Christianity and Literature’s 2012 “Book of the Year” Award”. She is currently co-editing William Tyndale’s Obedience of a Christian Man as part of an international project funded by the NEH.

Shaheer Hassan is a biomedical engineering student studying sensory nerve neurophysiology at UConn. He is an active member of the Muslim Student Association. The University of Connecticut Muslim Student Association (MSA) offers a constructive environment for Muslim students to learn about their faith and for them to make a positive impact on their community through events and involvement. 


Cathy Schlund-Vials, is Associate Professor of English and Asian and Asian American Studies, and Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at UConn. She is also currently the President of the National Association for Asian American Studies. Her research interests include experiences of dislocation and migration, and the crucial connections between history, memory, citizenship, civil rights and human rights. She is the published author of two books, and many essays and collaborative works.

*Admission to the Salon is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

RSVP appreciated by March 1. Call 860-486-5084.

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Karen Sommer, 860-486-4520,

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