October 27, 2014- Moustafa Bayoumi, award-winning writer and author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America was the guest speaker at Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College annual Named Scholar Recognition Ceremony for 2014 on Friday October 17.
Bayoumi shared many insights with the named scholars throughout his keynote address and conveyed a revealing portrait of America that is often called a “melting pot” when, in his opinion, the reality reflects a much different situation for Muslims. By use of storytelling, Bayoumi brings to life seven stories of young Arab and Muslim Americans in a post-9/11 world. Bayoumi describes the blanket treatment that often affects this young minority group while bringing a light touch and humor to his storytelling.
In his closing remarks, Bayoumi painted a hopeful picture of the future, saying that humanity will inevitably prevail over this current bias in much the same way to how other initially maligned religious groups have prevailed before in history.
The 2014-2015 Wilkes Honors College Named Scholars and their donors were recognized during the ceremony. The event provided the opportunity for scholarship donors to meet with the recipients of their generosity, and for students to meet and thank their benefactors.
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