Islam in America – Opening Remarks

Chair Shiraz Hajiani. Raised in E. Africa, of S. Asian descent.

Talks about Texas cyanide arrests; Saudi banning of Jewish tourists; Title VI issues. Mentions they relate to each of the three panels: Public Policy, Interfaith, and Education.

Mentions this is the fifth conference. First four chairs were all women; mentions ethnicities: African-American, European-American, South Asian American, Central Asian American.

Observant Jews will not be in attendance today because of Sabbath and Purim. Will be present tomorrow.

Introduces Karen Leonard.