SBS Partners with Community Groups for Tucson Festival of Books 2017

Wed, 2017-01-25

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is proud to partner with Tucson community groups to sponsor the appearances of three exciting authors speaking on issues of race, hate speech, and segregation on the SBS Stage at the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books.

The National Institute for Civil Discourse and Arsalan Iftikhar

The National Institute for Civil Discourse is a nonpartisan center for advocacy, research, and policy currently devoting its efforts to combatting the rising incivility between political factions in its Revive Civility campaign. Their generous sponsorship makes possible the appearance of Arsalan Iftikhar, an international human rights lawyer and author of the recent book Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms, which President Jimmy Carter called “an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently.”

Iftikhar is a popular global media commentator on Islam and Muslim issues, the founder of, and serves as Senior Editor for The Islamic Monthly, in addition to contributing weekly to National Public Radio (NPR) broadcasts for almost a decade. Iftikhar has appeared in most of the major media outlets throughout his career, including CNN, BBC World News, Al-Jazeera English, FOX News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Washington Post, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Economist, and many more.

Iftikhar will present in the SBS Pavilion on Saturday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m., engaging in conversation with Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. The two will discuss his recent book, Scapegoats, and the rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in American popular culture, as well as exploring ways to combat hate speech and fight Islamophobia.

SBS is thrilled to partner with the Southwest Folklife Alliance, the American Friends Service Committee, and the National Institute for Civil Discourse to invite these accomplished authors and to hold such varied and vital discussions on its stage.

The 2017 Tucson Festival of Books will take place on the University of Arizona campus on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The SBS Pavilion, located between the UA BookStore and the Food Court, will feature further programming during each of these blocks.