Visiting Fulbright Scholar to present public forum on Islam at FHSU

Dr. Ruksana Kibria, Fulbright Scholar from the University of Dhaka in Dhaka, Bangladesh, will present "The Rise of Political Islam: Its Nature and Function in the Contemporary World" at 7 p.m. March 3 in the Fort Hays Ballroom of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus.

Open to the public, the presentation will include a question and answer period during which Dr. Kibria will take questions from the audience.

"The Rise of Political Islam" is sponsored by FHSU's American Democracy Project.

A professor and chair of the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Professor Kibria's areas of specialization include history, philosophy, political science, sociology, international relations and social and cultural studies. She will be in residence at FHSU from February 25 to March 24 as part of the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program, "Direct Access to the Muslim World."
The program is funded through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and is administered by the Council for International Exchanges of Scholars. This program enables scholars specializing in issues related to Islam to spend three to six weeks in residency at U.S. universities.

The Visiting Specialist’s program has a dual focus. On campus, scholars conduct classroom teaching, assist in developing new courses and facilitate long-term exchange relationships. Off campus, scholars participate in speaking engagements, interact with local media and participate in a range of social and cultural activities.

Questions about Dr. Kibria, her presentation and her residency, as well as interview requests can be directed to Dr. Gene Rice, chair of FHSU’s Department of Philosophy, at (785) 628-4249 or via e-mail at

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