WINCHESTER — About 100 people are attending a three-day event at Shenandoah University to foster a global dialogue on civil discourse, diversity, race and ethnicity in higher education.
The Barzinji Fall Colloquium, hosted by SU and Bridgewater College, invited higher education representatives from two Muslim-majority countries — the International Islamic University in Malaysia and the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia.
The colloquium, which began Monday and ends today, is named for Jamal Barzinji, a Muslim scholar with a passion for higher education. He died in 2015 at age 75. In 1981, Barzinji co-founded the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a nonprofit group headquartered in Herndon that aims to advance education in Muslim societies.
In February, school officials