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Kay Spiritual Life Center

Annual R. Bruce Poynter Lecture

Every year, the Kay Spiritual Life Center hosts a lecturer who exemplifies the highest ideals of compassion and justice for a world in travail. These speakers and lectures make up the Bruce Poynter Lecture Series, named for former University Chaplain R. Bruce Poynter.

This Year's Lecture

Imam Adeel Zeb

On November 1, 2016, we'll be welcoming Imam Adeel Zeb as our 2016 Poynter Lecturer. Imam Zeb is an interfaith scholar, TEDX speaker, and Certified Muslim Chaplain. He is the Co-University Chaplain at The Claremont Colleges. He was the Muslim Chaplain/Director of Muslim Life at Duke University. He previously served as the Muslim Chaplain/Imam at Wesleyan University, Trinity College, and American University. He is a graduate of the Master’s in Islamic Chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary. He is the Co-Founder of DEEN: The Foundation for Muslim Campus Life. He currently serves as the VP-Elect of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. 

He has over 10 years of experience in Muslim-American public service. He served as a two-time congressional staffer. He has spoken internationally at Islamic centers, universities, hospitals, and Muslim conferences and has delivered Friday Khutbah on Capitol Hill and for the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. He has spoken as a plenary speaker at President Obama’s Interfaith Summit. He has earned multiple certifications in Interfaith Conflict Management, Conflict Analysis, and Negotiation from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He has published works in the Washington Post, and Temple University’s Journal for Ecumenical Studies. He also writes for the Huffington Post "Religion" section.

He was a 2012 Fellow with the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. He has led and participated in interfaith and intrafaith international projects in Oman, Trinidad, Jerusalem, and Saudi Arabia. He has appeared on local and national media outlets and has been profiled in the Washington Post as “ the prototype of the American Imam”. His media accomplishments include being profiled and interviewed in the Washington Post, CNN, Time, ABC, CBS, FOX, and Voice of Asia. He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Urdu and has a working fluency in Spanish, Modern Standard and Qur’anic Arabic.

Imam Zeb's lecture will be entitled "Living the Muslim-American Experience in 2016."

Previous Poynter Lectures

 

Year     
   
Speaker

Topic
             
2015

Maria Elena Salinas

The Latino Voice in America
             
2014

Rashad Robinson

Building the Momentum for Change
             
2013

Zeenat Rahman


The Youth Buldge as a source of security or opportunity







2012

Heather McGhee, from Demos


Inequality and Diversity in the United States







2011

Rep. Tammy Baldwin


LGBT Rights as Human Rights







2010

Janet Murguia, CEO of National Council of LaRaza


The Future of Latino Civil Rights







2009

Marian Wright Edleman


Children's Rights







2008

The Honorable Ron Dellums


Eradicating Poverty, Violence, and Injustice
2007

The Honorable John Lewis


The Struggle for Civil Rights







2006

Dick Gregory


Advancing the Struggle for Nonviolent Social Change







2005

Rev. Dr. Jim Forbes, Senior Pastor of the Riverside Church


The Mandate for Prophetic Justice







2004

Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize winning Historian


Promise and Myth of Democracy: Brown Plus 50 Years







2003

Dr. William Sloane Coffin, Pastor Emeritus at Riverside Church and former Yale Chaplain
    
     
U.S. and Iraq and Nuclear Weapons