The MIT Club of Maine
Islam, the West, and History
Dr. Anouar Majid, Founding Director
Center for Global Humanities
University of New England

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
11:30 – 2:30

The Woodlands Country Club, 39 Woods Rd.
Falmouth, ME 04105



Dr. Anouar Majid is the Founding Director of the Center for Global Humanities, as well as Vice President for Global Affairs, both at the University of New England. Born in Tangier, Morocco, he is the author of five critically acclaimed books on Islam and the West, including Unveiling Traditions (2000), A Call for Heresy (2007), and Islam and America: Building a Future Without Prejudice (2012.) He has written for the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications, and his life and work have been the subject of a Bill Moyers interview and an Al Jazeera television program.

Dr. Majid is a frequent speaker on Islam, the West, the current jihadist movements in the Middle East and elsewhere, the prospects for peace with measures currently under way, and what the West should do to suppress violent extremism and terror tactics by factions emerging from the Islamic community.

Dr. Anouar Majid will talk about the ways in which Judaism and Christianity paved the way for the emergence of Islam, and how Islam, the last-born of Middle Eastern monotheistic religions, has yet to adapt to the revolutionary changes that have swept the West since the 18th century . . . changes like separation of church and state, that have allowed religious differences to co-exist without spilling over into jihadist violence. He will explore the emergence of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other forms of violent Islamic extremism, and the difficulty of solely-military countermeasures to offer long-term solutions, making it imperative for the United States, and the West in general, to invest in measures that will encourage Islam to join the modern world.

Please join us for lunch on Wednesday, February 10th, at the Woodlands Country Club in Falmouth to hear Dr Majid’s talk on a topic that concerns all of us across much of the globe. We will begin gathering at 11:30 A.M. Cash bar service will be available at that time. A buffet lunch will be served at 12:15, and Dr. Majid’s talk will begin at 1:00. Cost is $24 per person. To reserve a place for yourself and your guests, please click on one of the links at the top of the page, to either register online with a credit card or download a printable form that can be mailed with a check to our Club Treasurer. Registration deadline is February 8th. Please call Ervin Davis (207.202.8096) or John Gibbons (207.542.9098) if you have any questions.

Hope to see you there!

Bill Bisson, ’60
President, MIT Club of Maine

DIRECTIONS to the Woodlands Country Club:

From I-295 N:
1. Take Exit 10 (Bucknam Road)
2. Turn right off the exit and cross I-295; at 2nd traffic light (Nina’s Variety on right), turn right
3. Shortly, when you come to a “Y” in the road, bear left, staying on Route 9
4. Take an immediate left onto Woods Road. The Woodlands Club entrance is 0.8 mile on your left.

From I-295 S:
Replace Instruction 2 above with:
2. Turn right off the exit.  At 1st traffic light, (Nina’s Variety on right), turn right.


Looking For Alums who were Tutoring Plus Volunteers 

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge,, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2014. In preparation for this very special celebration with a Mardi Gras themed event on Friday February 28th, 2014, the organization is making an effort to contact former volunteer tutors. Tutoring Plus hopes to include as many comments and reminiscences as possible as part of the program for the event, and of course they would be thrilled if you could deliver them in person!

If you were a Tutoring Plus volunteer as an MIT student, please contact Ellen McLaughlin, Executive Director at:, and let her know how she can best reach you to follow up, get your comments and reminiscences and send you an invitation to the event.

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