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2018 Barnes Symposium: Islam and Freedom of Expression

The next Barnes Symposium will be held 6 PM, February 8, 2018 in the Lumpkin Auditorium in the Close-Hipp Building at the University of South Carolina.  The featured speaker is Mustafa Akyol, who will address the topic of “Islam and Freedom of Expression.”

A Turkish journalist and author, Mustafa Akyol studied political science and history at Bogazici University. He is a columnist, speaker, and contributing op-ed writer with the New York Times. Since Jan 2017, Mr. Akyol is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College, based in Massachusetts, USA. As a public speaker, he has given hundreds of lectures and talks on numerous platforms, including TED, where he spoke on “Faith vs. Tradition in Islam.” He has also been a commentator on public affairs programs, including the BBC’s “Hardtalk” and CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” His most recent book, “The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims” was published in Feb 2017 by St. Martins Press. The book has received praise from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The National Catholic Reporter, and more.

Panel respondents will include Hamid Khan (USC Political Science), Stephanie Mitchem (USC Religious Studies), Noah Gardiner (USC Religious Studies), and Rudy Barnes Jr.

The Rudolph C. Barnes Sr. Symposium

Rudolph C. Barnes, Sr.Rudolph C. Barnes Sr. (1917–1995) studied at the University of South Carolina, served in the Navy during World War II, then returned home to become a prominent member of the South Carolina bar. For over forty years he remained active in charitable and religious organizations.

The Rudolph C. Barnes Sr. Symposium honors his interests and engagement through an annual program examining problems of law and morality understood in the broadest sense. The Barnes family has made the event possible through a generous endowment in his memory.