Five years ago, Mohammed Webb Foundation experimented with a “coffee hour” – a time where parents could gather and share experiences while their children attended Sunday School classes. In short order, the concept of Coffee Hour matured into a lecture and discussion series where the Mohammed Webb community could learn about and discuss all sorts of topics relevant to our experience as Muslims and Americans. Last year, we discussed the following topics: Public Schools, The Muslim Vote, Eve in the Qur’an, Mohammed Webb Family Support Group, Nutrition, Personal Power/Authentic Self, Future of American Islam, Early Followers of Islam, Yoga and Salat & More.
The 2017-2018 Adult Discussion Series is generously sponsored by Dr. Sumayyah Khan of Smile Studio 87.
Cryptocurrencies continue to make headlines in the media but are not widely understood. Osman Arain will discuss a number of questions surrounding cryptocurrency and its underlying blockchain phenomenon. What is cryptocurrency, and how is it different from and similar to regular currency like the US dollar? What are Bitcoin and Ethereum, and what might be driving their recent significant price increases? What is blockchain, and how does it relate to the world of cryptocurrencies? Will we ever pay for our groceries with Bitcoin? Or will it vanish into the history books as another Ponzi scheme mania? Fact or fraud, we’ll discuss it on Sunday!
About our Speaker: Osman Arain is a Portfolio Manager at Romano Wealth Management. He provides financial planning and investment advice to individuals, families, and organizations across the greater Chicago area and has over 17 years of experience. He received a BA in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. He earned the CFA designation and Series 7 and 63 registrations with FINRA. He currently lives in Bolingbrook with his wife and four daughters and has been avidly following and studying the cryptocurrency markets for the past 4 years.
Seemi Choudry is Director of the City of Chicago’s Office of New Americans, which is dedicated to improving services and engaging Chicago’s diverse immigrant and refugee communities through enhanced collaboration with community organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. Seemi is a Chicago native and a graduate of Loyola University who has a wide range of experience in cross-cultural institutions, having previously served as a Trainer of Cultural Exchange programs at Northern Illinois University, an Atlas Corps Fellow in Colombia, and as Living and Learning Coordinator at Ta’leef Collective. In her talk to adults, Ms. Choudry will discuss immigration in the Chicago area and the work she is doing through the mayor’s office to empower, protect and expand services for this population.
Sunday 10/29: “Student Bullying and School Climate: Advice, Advocacy, and Law”
Led by Matthew Wanzenberg, Ph.D. and Michael Kiser, Ed.D, J.D.
Please join us for a session led by veteran education advocate, Matthew Wanzenberg, Ph.D, and veteran education lawyer, Michael Kiser, Ed.D, J.D. They will share a framework to help parents understand the laws that guide school responsiveness in matters of bullying and school climate. They will also offer advice on how to appropriately escalate, document, and respond when not receiving acceptable responses from school entities.
We are excited to host these speakers. Click on the links below to read more on our presenters.
10/1, 10/8, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19 (Town Hall), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
No Discussion on 10/15, 10/22, 11/12 (Parent Teacher Conferences), 11/26, 12/24, 12/31
1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 4/1, 4/8 (Town Hall), 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/5
No Discussion on 2/25, 3/25. 5/13
Adult Discussions are held on Sundays (when Sunday School is in session) from 10:00 AM – 12 PM. Changes to the schedule will be made on this page or on our Facebook page.
Room 206, Kindi Academy, 5801 Westview Lane, Lisle, IL, 60532
Discussions are FREE, but donations are always welcome.
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