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Adeel Zeb gives the 2017 Poynter lecture in the Kay Chapel

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

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."




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The Youth Buldge as a source of security or opportunity


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Rep. Tammy Baldwin

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Janet Murguia, CEO of National Council of LaRaza

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Marian Wright Edleman

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The Honorable Ron Dellums

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The Honorable John Lewis

The Struggle for Civil Rights


Dick Gregory

Advancing the Struggle for Nonviolent Social Change


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

The Mandate for Prophetic Justice


Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize winning Historian

Promise and Myth of Democracy: Brown Plus 50 Years


Dr. William Sloane Coffin, Pastor Emeritus at Riverside Church and former Yale Chaplain

U.S. and Iraq and Nuclear Weapons

R. Bruce Poynter was American University's University Chaplain from 1969 to 1985