Faculty forum offers perspectives on Islam in Iowa

Mount Mercy Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Dave Klope will offer insight on Islam in Iowa during a special faculty forum on September 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. The forum, “Iowa Islam: Communication and Community” is free and open to the public.  

 The Cedar Rapids Islamic community has held together longer than any other in North America. Klope’s forum will investigate the Islamic practices of khutba and salat (preaching and prayer) and examine how these important practices have been key to the Islamic community’s success, though little understood to outsiders. 

Klope has served at Mount Mercy since 2001. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah, his Master of Arts from San Diego State University, and his Bachelor of Arts from Biola University in California. Klope has also completed graduate work in Rhetorical Studies at the University of Iowa. While at Mount Mercy, his teaching focus has been on courses such as communication theory, intercultural communication, and public relations. 

Mount Mercy offers numerous Happenings on the Hill cultural affairs events each year, including plays, lectures, forums, and exhibits, which are free and open to the community. Series such as the Race and Gender Speaker Series and the Barbara Knapp Speaker Series offer resources on business-related topics of interest and perspectives on the global and local issues of race, gender, minorities, and cultural differences.

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