Distinguished Lectures

Each year, the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) hosts a Distinguished Lecture featuring a prominent scholar or public figure speaking about issues related to Islamic studies. These events are presented by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Michigan, and the Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC), a member of the International Institute.

Fourth Annual DISC Distinguished Lecture

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Weiser Hall 1010 Event Space

Abdul El-Sayed, physician, public health expert, 2018 candidate for Governor of Michigan, will deliver a keynote entitled “More Perfect”: A Politics of Empathy in a Challenging American Moment” for the Fourth Annual DISC Distinguished Lecture.




Third Annual DISC Distinguished Lecture

Monday, November 6, 2017

7:30 PM

Michigan Theater 

World-renowned Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef performed his multi-media presentation The Joke is Mightier than the Sword for the Third Annual DISC Distinguished Lecture. The University Musical Society presented the performance at the Michigan Theater.






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Second Annual DISC Distinguished Lecture


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

7:00-8:30 PM

Rackham Amphitheatre

Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate (2003), lawyer, and human rights activist, delivered a keynote lecture on Gender and Sexuality in the Islamic World. Bridgette Carr, clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan, introduced her.




Inaugural DISC Distinguished Lecture

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

7:00-8:30 PM

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies and Perennial Philosophy at George Washington University, presented the Inaugural DISC Distinguished Lecture on Islamic Studies in America: Past, Present, and Future.