CEDAR CITY — The Southern Utah Democrats are hosting a lecture titled “ISIS and the Media’s Portrayal of the Islamic Religion” to be led by Michael Stathis, a professor of political science on Tuesday at Southern Utah University.
ISIS, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State, rules through Sharia law and aims to create an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria. The group currently controls hundreds of square miles, ignores international borders and has a presence from Syria’s Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad.
The discussion will center on the ISIS conflict and how the media portrays the Islamic religion in the light of terrorists.
Stathis is currently a tenured professor of political science and international relations in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at SUU. He began teaching political science in 1974 and started teaching at SUU in 1991.
Stathis received a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science in 1971 from the University of Utah and his Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Middle East Center at the University of Utah in 1976. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science: International Relations (Law, Organization and Politics) at the University of Utah in 1995.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sterling R. Church Auditorium inside the Sharwan Smith Student Center at Southern Utah University. Students and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
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