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October 18, 2010 - GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (October 18, 2010) – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Aquinas College will host Peter O’Brien, Ph.D., political science professor at Trinity University and author of the new book, European Perceptions of Islam & America from Saladin to George W. Bush: Europe’s Fragile Ego Uncovered. The lecture is on Tuesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at the Browne Center at Aquinas College, 1607 Robinson Rd. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506. The event is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

O’Brien, a 1978 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has traveled the globe in his many years of research. Now teaching in San Antonio, Texas at Trinity University, he has previously received grants as a Social Science Research Council Fellow at the Free University in Berlin, and taught at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and Humboldt University in Berlin. O’Brien is also a second-time author; his first book, Beyond the Swastika: The Legacy of the Holocaust and Postwar Immigration Policy in Germany, was published in 1996.

The author, scholar, and professor will discuss many issues regarding Islam in Europe today. From the headscarf controversy to the 2009 Swiss referendum banning the erection of mosques, O’Brien will shed light on the complexities of religious and political conflicts regarding Islam abroad and in the United States. Don’t miss this one time opportunity to learn more about this vital topic from an experienced professor and researcher.