Professional Development Opportunity

Foundations of Civil Society

Exploring Religious and Cultural Diversity

June 7 and 8, 2018 (*register online by May 31st)

  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Keystone-Dubuque Office
  • Facilitators: Lehmann, Patricia and Tamar Miller
  • Credit Available: Yes (first day registration)
  • Fee: $85 renewal credit with $60 paid by grant
  • Lunch: Lunch and snacks provided
  • Workshop Registration Number: 52489
  • Registration Deadline: 5/31/2018

Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA), Dubuque in partnership with the Abdelkader Education Project, based in Elkader Iowa, invites educators (grades 7 through college) to explore local and global perspectives on Muslims and Islam today. Our two-day training provides a safe place to ask hard questions and find useful resources to answer them while integrating primary and secondary resources into usable curricula.

Tamar Miller, Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, joins AEA social studies consultant Pat Lehmann and Iowa teachers, Marcia Powell and Karla Duff, in what promises to be a fun and enlightening educator training. Participation of Imam Hassan Selim, Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids and Dema Kazkaz, President of Islamic Center, Waterloo, are confirmed.

For complete agenda, please contact Tamar Miller.

*Register Electronically (Workshop registration #52489)


Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) promotes cultural literacy, civility and respectful engagement between all people through education and outreach. Our inspiration draws on Emir Abdelkader’s life story and values – courage, integrity, intellect, humility and compassion – that transcends culture and faith traditions.


  • "Emir Abdelkader's strong moral character has had the most effect on my life. Reading about his life has helped me come to see Muslims in a whole new light, and I only wish that I could show others my new perspective as well."

    -- Bob Spielbauer, 2011 Elkader High School essay winner

  • "Abdelkader's jihad provides Muslims with a much needed antidote to the toxic false jihads of today dominated by anger, violence and politics."

    -- Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan (2009)

  • "The Abdelkader Education Project provides opportunities for people across this globe to engage in the important and urgent work of building civility, enhancing cultural and religious literacy, and fostering mutual understanding among peoples. In a deeply divided world, the witness of Emir Abdelkader, who was a bridge-builder, is exemplary."

    -- Kathryn Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, Executive, Ecumencal and Inter-Religious Relations, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago IL