Harvard University Government Lecturer Justin Gest delivers a lecture entitled "Democracy's Challenge: Western Muslims and the Future of Social Cohesion," on April 14, 2011.
Muslims have become a litmus test for patriotism in the discourse of Western democracies. Scrutiny of American Muslims reflects recent trends in Europe, where the estranged status of the continent's fastest growing minority group may be the real legacy of this era in social policy. How does the United States balance a concern for social cohesion with intensifying diversity? How does policy prevent a generation of citizens from being estranged from its society? What can be learned from the European experience? Justin Gest is a Harvard College Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University. He is the Co-Founder and Deputy Director of the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he is also a research associate at LSE Global Governance. He is the author of the recently published book: Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Columbia University Press, 2010).
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