‘Big Talk’ To Focus On Fighting Extremism in Houston

Federal officials, religious leaders and members of the media will meet Tuesday to discuss extremism in Houston.

The forum, part of the Big Talk series hosted by the University of Houston Valenti School of Communication, was organized by a student-led campaign, “Me-to-We: Disagreement Doesn’t Equal Hate.” It is co-sponsored by Valenti and the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute, a national research center based at UH.

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The forum, featuring representatives from the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Christian and Muslim faiths, is intended to promote informed opinions on Muslim immigration and raise awareness on initiatives to counter violent extremism.


WHAT:                 Community forum on countering extremism, sponsored by the UH Valenti School of

                              Communication and the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute

WHO:                    Speakers include William Beltram, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Hesham Elgamiel,

                               supervisory special agent, FBI; Ceˊsar Espinosa, executive director Fiel, Houston; Mustafaa  

                               Carroll, executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-TX Houston;

                               Lea Hellmueller, UH assistant professor of global journalism; Danny Hermosillo, KHOU

                               assignment editor; Mike Acosta, missions pastor, Grace Church; and Imam Mubasher

                               Ahmad, author of “Approaching the West”

WHEN:                  6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11

WHERE:                Agnes Arnold Auditorium 2, UH campus. Map

MEDIA CONTACT:   Jeannie Kever, 713-743-0778, jekever@uh.edu