When: June 8, 2010
From: 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
NOTE change of location for this event.
Topic: Roots of the Modern Digital World in Arab Muslim History
Speaker: Michael Morgan
Cost: $26/CIR Members
$32/Non-members & Guests
Though the current Western narrative of the Arab Muslim world focuses on conflict and crisis, 1000 years ago the cultural roles were reversed. Europe was an illiterate developing region, while the Arab Muslim world was the global center of mathematical, scientific, medical, intellectual and social innovation. What inventions did the West gain from the Arabs that still resonate today? And what can we learn from the journey of this sister civilization that could be applied to our own American present … and future?
- Can you accept — or not — that a significant portion of what we call Western science has its roots further south and east?
- Can you accept — or not — that Arab Muslim culture gave us much more than the terrorists have taken away — and explain your position.
- Do you think that the rise and fall of the Arab Muslim world has any relevance to our own American present … and future?
- Do you see any signs of hope in the Arab Muslim world today?
Michael Hamilton Morgan is an International speaker, consultant and award-winning former U.S. diplomat, a nonfiction author and novelist.
Since 2007, Morgan has been a keynote speaker at the Arab Business Council, British Parliament, U.S. Treasury, Georgetown University, the Mohammed bin Rashid Foundation in Dubai, and many other venues. Morgan currently advises companies in the U.S., India and China seeking investment and partners in industries such as biotechnology, medical devices, renewable energy, and others.
As a career diplomat from 1980-87, Morgan was Deputy Staff Director of the bipartisan White House commission overseeing the Voice of America and the Fulbright Scholarships. He accompanied Presidential delegations in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Cuba. Secretary of State Shultz gave him a Meritorious Honor Award in 1984. As a diplomat he was assigned to Latin America and Washington, D.C. and has lived or worked on projects in more than 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Morgan has appeared on ABC Good Morning America, Al Jazeera (Arabic and English services), BBC, CBS Evening News, CSpan, Public Radio International, Voice of America TV and elsewhere. His op-eds and advertorials have appeared in The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
Morgan’s 2007 book, Lost History: the Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers and Artists, has reached more than 300 million people worldwide, and was translated into Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and other languages. President Hosni Mubarak presented Morgan with Egypt’s Presidential Medal for Arts and Sciences in 2009. The book was praised by former President Jimmy Carter and King Abdullah II of Jordan.