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By Vanessa J. Hawthorne
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – Camden County College will host an educational event titled “Past in Present: Building in the Islamic World” on April 15 at the Blackwood campus. The discussion will be hosted by Renata Holod, a humanities professor from the University of Pennsylvania.

Holod, according to the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility portion of the Camden County College website, “is a specialist in the study of the visual culture of the Islamic world and has conducted archaeological and architectural field work in Iran, Syria, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Tunisia.”

Jack Pesda, director of the center, is responsible for approving all the center’s events, introducing guest speakers and finding funding for all programs. He said people should attend the event because “it is important for Americans to develop a better understanding of Islam, since there are over 1 billion Muslims in the world.”

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life estimates the American Muslim population will reach 4.15 million by 2020.

The lecture will take place at the Civic Hall inside the Connector Building.

“The event will be attended by a variety of people including public school teachers, the general public and students,” Pesda said.

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