2014 AEP Forum

5th Annual Abdelkader Education Project Forum

“Emir Abdelkader – Connecting Cultures across Centuries”
Historic Elkader Opera House in Elkader, Iowa

Saturday – May 3, 2014 – 2:00 PM

Join free public events to honor 2014 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize essay students and recall Emir Abdelkader’s legacy with significance for today’s global society. Admired by President Lincoln, Queen Victoria and Pope Pius IX, Emir Abdelkader continues to inspire people of all cultures and faiths.

Keynote speaker Daisy Khan will discuss “Emir Abdelkader – A True Muslim Hero: Connecting Cultures, Countering Extremism.” Ms. Khan, executive director for American Society for Muslim Advancement, has been hailed a link between moderate Islam and the West. She lectures around the globe and participates in panels with Christians, Jews, and Buddhists. She has appeared on CNN, BBC, Aljazeera, and is a weekly columnist for Washington Post’s “On Faith.” Daisy Khan is on the New York Police Department Advisory Board and presents globally for the U.S. State Department.

Pre-Forum Public Event – Friday, May 2 – “Community Welcome Dinner”

6:30 p.m. – Johnson’s Restaurant, Elkader – Buffet Dinner “Dutch Treat” Opportunity to meet guests – dinner, introductions, brief program, discussions
RSVP – 563.245.2770 – Co-hosted by AEP and Elkader Development Corporation

Saturday, May 3 – Abdelkader Education Project Forum – Historic Elkader Opera House — Free Public Event

  • 1:30 pm – Doors open – “Meet and Greet” with live music
  • 2:00 pm – AEP Forum Program with keynote and guest speakers
  • 3:15 pm – Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize Awards Ceremony
  • 4:00 pm – Refreshments on stage with conversations and networking
  • 4:45 pm – AEP Round Table Discussions, Q&A (Open Forum)

In addition to an overview of AEP outreach activities and keynote presentation, author John Kiser of Virginia will highlight Emir Abdelkader’s message as related to educational growth opportunities. Janice Gross, Seth Richards Professor at Grinnell College, will address the chronology of the emir’s life and influence. Special guests will also share their stories.

The Elkader launch of John Kiser’s biography Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader produced a local essay contest, which now includes national participation, and has evolved into the Abdelkader Education Project with global outreach and many components.

“The Abdelkader Education Project offers students a chance to engage with a narrative of history not often discussed in Western classrooms. Emir Abdelkader’s legacy provides a useful model for how global relationships might be rethought and restructured to better suit us all.” – Brandon Jennings, AEP Intern 

Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) is a non-profit organization that promotes cultural literacy, understanding and civility through the multifaceted life story of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883).

AEP Forum Sponsors: Algerian Embassy in Washington DC; Diversity Focus; Elkader Development Corporation; Elkader Floral Shop; Fennelly’s; FreedomBank; Humanities Iowa/National Endowment for the Humanities; Northeast Iowa Community College; Opera House Players; Principal Financial Group; Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC; SignsNFrames; and Friends of Abdelkader with support from many organizations and individuals.